I work as a social worker and really enjoy working with my clients. I've had 3 different supervisory/management positions in the past but I've never enjoyed any of them. I always liked working with the people who reported to me. However, in each case, I found the politics and (what I perceived to be) the general level of incompetence that existed amongst senior managers to be more than I could put up with. I thus wound up deciding to go back to front line work and still enjoy the direct work with clients. However, I certainly make less money than I would in a management position and at some level feel that I have failed in terms of career advancement, etc. At some level, I still feel like moving up and getting promotions is what one is supposed to do. I've thought about giving it another go as a supervisor at some point but am reluctant to do so. Anyhow, I'm just wondering what others' experiences have been in their careers when it comes to moving up and getting promotions vs. staying where one is.