I've come to appreciate his discernment, however, because he was right. I don't know if I'm particularly good at the job, but there are aspects of it that fire me up. Here's a handy checklist; if you answer yes to more of these questions than not, you too might be cut out for administration.
- Do you like being an insider -- knowing everything that's going on?
- When some injustice or misfortune occurs in your workspace, is your first response to think of a policy that could prevent similar problems in the future?
- Do you enjoy crafting precise language that encapsulates a process thoroughly?
- Are you alert to the balance of sympathy and justice in your dealings with other peopel?
- Are you comfortable with sharing the spotlight?
- Do you move easily from considering fine detail to constructing large-scale enterprises?
- Do you love to bring things into being -- are you a builder by nature?
- Can you criticize yourself before anyone else has a chance to criticize you?
- When you make a hard decision, can you stick to it in the face of blowback?
- When you're wrong, can you admit it and change course?
- Can you share confidences without indulging in gossip?
I don't meet all these criteria by any means, but as I do the job and watch people who are much better than me do the job, I can see that this is what it takes. I suppose the real measure of my aptitude for adminstration is that even the things on the list that I'm not good at, I take joy and pleasure in being a part of.