I'm looking for some advice from managers. I'm a relatively young professional who, until recently, was very content doing the best job I could in a position without a lot of managerial oversight. In the few years I've worked for the organization I've held many subordinate positions within the same general area; I am content being moved around as the organization sees fit as I realize every position helps the units mission. I strive to be competent in any position in which I'm placed. I do not like to be seen personally or as part of an organization that is viewed as incompetent. About two months ago a mid level manager stepped down. The job needed to be filled in the interim. The head boss did whatever brainstorming magic he does and somehow came up with me as the best fit for the job. I originally turned him down for many reasons that I won't go into here. The next day he came to me and asked me to fill it as a personal favor. I accepted. So here I am. I have no managerial experience and I feel like a bumbling fish out of water when it comes to things like personnel issues. I don't take criticism well (I'm a crier and will freely admit it) - but I also tend to not get constructive criticism (for example it's hard to not cry when the person who stepped down from the position tells you (in front of your other employees) that he doesn't like the direction the unit is headed in since I've been in charge). And for the record, I believe I have made some positive changes and have some fresh ideas. Anyway, I digress. It's the personnel issues that I just can't wrap my head around. For example, I find it absurd that I have to counsel someone twice my age on their inability to show up to work on time chronically. But then again if I didn't have to, there wouldn't be a need for managers. So... My major question is this: is managing something you grow into feeling comfortable with or do you need a set of skills that I was apparently not born with? Was there any book, lecture, seminar, etc that helped you grow as a manager? Do you continue to feel like you don't know what you're doing (inept managing jokes aside, please)? Is it worth it to be a manager? With everything aside, the head boss has been supportive and wishes to mentor me to eventually grow into his position. So I'm not alone. I just don't know if it's something I can do. Managing was never something on my radar (I'm a darned good grunt and proud of it) but now it is. Soon I will need to make a decision whether to apply for the permanent position or not. Hopefully my ramble makes some sense... basically just looking for guidance from others in a similar situation. Thanks.