What's your problem?

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


I was recently appointed second-in-command of one of my company's regional offices. After four months, I'm enjoying the job and am pleased to have a supportive boss. However, he's just announced that he's leaving and says that he'd be happy to recommend me as his replacement. Yet I'm not sure I'm up to it. I have only a few years' experience and am much younger than the other regional directors. Would I be a fool to turn this opportunity down?

No intelligent person can be certain of being able to do a new and difficult job before beginning to do it. There are certain lessons about leadership that can be learned only through experience. The super-confident ones are often those who fail most painfully. So keep your doubts to yourself and show pleasure that your name is being put forward. If you don't get the job this time, you won't be devastated. And if you do, good luck: I bet you do it well.

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