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A leadership role without direct reports. Help or Hinderance?

By RB_ITProfessional ·
Hello all. I would appreciate some feedback on a decision I am trying to make. I have an opportunity to take a leadership role, however it does not involve any direct reports or budgetary control. Would this be a help or a hinderance to my if my goal is to position myself for management at some point. The overall responsibilities of the role would be as follows:

1) Direct and mentor project teams on the use of the new Enterprise Architecture standards for software development

2) Provide mentorship and training on the creation of project artifacts

3) Create and maintain process governance and standards documentation

4) Be a Liason to the Business to help them understrand the new Enterprise Architecture

5) Negotiate with project teams to consolidate work efforts and utilize the common objects that will be created as a part of the new Enterprise Architecture.

I realize that in order to move into management, I will need the people management skills as well as the monetary control aspect. This position offers neither..however I could see some potential for future growth. Any thoughts on this? Any managers out there have any feedback on this?

Thanks!!!

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Take the position, the direct reports will come

by caleb38 In reply to A leadership role without ...

I had a similar start to my management career. Six years ago I was hired as an "I.T. Manager" with nothing to manage but hardware and software. As the company started to grow, so did the need for I.T. staff. I interviewed and hired exactly who I wanted on my staff. Today, six years later, I have six direct reports and lots of management experience, including the HR part that has to do with hiring, employee reviews, promoting and firing. My advice is to take the position, and the staff will follow.

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