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I aspired to be a boss. But now that I am one, I don't think I'm cut out for it. What are my options?

I aspired to be a boss. But now that I am one, I don't think I'm cut out for it. What are my options?
The transition from solo contributor to manager is hard and lonely. But there are things you can do to improve your situation.PeopleImages


Insider's work-advice column helps solve real problems with expert insights and tips.




This week's topic is about how to handle the transition to a management role.




It's often lonely at first, but experts say there are things you can do to improve your situation.


I was recently promoted into a pretty big management role, where I oversee several teams and a chunk of my company's revenue. This should be my dream job: I'm making good money, I have a lot of responsibility, and I'm a senior leader in my organization.The problem? I'm unhappy. I've always liked to work, and I'm good at my job. Becoming a boss was kind of inevitable. But I've never been a manager before, and now that I am one, I'm not sure I'm cut out for it. Managing people, creating a vision, and delivering on the day-to-day tasks is harder than I thought it would be. For one thing, there are always tedious and time-consuming problems to solve, and most days I don't feel like I know what I'm doing. For another thing, I don't actually have that much power. My company is big, so even though I am higher up on the org chart than I've ever been, I'm still more of a middle manager in the grand scheme. Finally, the thing I'm struggling with the most is that while I'm ready for a challenge and ready for more, I want to focus on myself and my career, not on other people's. That may sound selfish but it's the truth.I always thought I wanted to be a "leader," but now I feel stuck in a job that isn't right for me. What am I doing wrong? And are there steps I can take to get off the management track?A 
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