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Making the Case for Leaving a Management Position

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Leaving a management position can be a difficult choice for any manager. The perks are great: better salary and benefits, more responsibility and leverage within the company or organization. However, you may feel overly stressed, tired or in need of a career change. It helps to be able to identify your reasons for leaving your current management position—for yourself as well as your colleagues and acquaintances—before you make the leap.

Sit down with a pen and piece of paper and think about all of your reasons for wanting to leave your management position. Write down these reasons in a list. Some of them may include having too much responsibility, not liking your company or co-workers for various reasons or wanting a career change or simply a job change. Another reason may be that you no longer believe in your company or organization's leadership, business practices or ethics. Perhaps you miss direct client and customer contact, and you want to be involved in the daily operations of your organization again.

Take a break from your list for a while. This will give you time to think over which of your reasons justify leaving your management position.

Write down the reasons to stay in your management position on the other side of the paper where you wrote down your reasons for leaving. These may include having good benefits and salary.

Compare the two lists by rewriting them side by side on a new sheet of paper. Weigh each reason you want to leave your current management job against each of the reasons to remain a manager. Cross off the reasons you want to leave your job if you do not think they justify quitting, after considering what you would give up.

When people ask why you don't want to be a manager anymore, cite reasons from your list that you did not cross out. Once you can clearly identify your reasons for leaving your management job, you will be able to confidently make your case for change to others.


Leyla Norman has been a writer since 2008 and is a certified English as a second language teacher. She also has a master's degree in development studies and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.