Understanding your motivations for a career change into management is vitally important to understanding what kind of manager you want to be.
When I made the transition into management, I didn't have a clear idea of what my motivations were. I had vague feelings of wanting to explore the challenges of managing people. I also wanted to test myself and see if I could do as good a job as role models throughout my career.
But all of this was vague, unquantifiable feelings that took a while to get a handle on. Understanding, questioning, and clarifying my motivations was something I put a lot of thought into in the first year of my career change.
People within your teams will spend much more time than you realise looking at and analysing what you are doing, and they will pick up on what your motivations are, and where your priorities lie.
They will mimic these behaviours and motivations, both positive and negative. You are a signalling mechanism to the team about what's important and what's not.
This is a huge challenge for people making the career change! You're still working all this shit out, and you've got the ever gazing eye of your team examining and dissecting all of your actions.
These are some of the motivations I've picked up on in myself and others when trying to understand what drew me to the management career change.