I am the head of a technical department in a small company. I have been offered the position of the Development Director (our boss is due to be retired, and the new director should lead it through some transitions).
I have concerns about accepting the position - I am pretty happy with where I am. Some aspects of my boss’s is not appealing to me - lots of dealing with management inside and outside, dealing with the CEO which is a pain in the neck to deal with technical issue and etc. Also dealing with our software maybe a problem as I am not sure how they respect and follow the upcoming changes. I have been announced as the replacement by the end of the year with a transition / training period in place with a side note that they hope I accept.
I am trying to talk to different team members to get a sense of how they feel and what I could do to help the team and what are their expectations. This has resulted the IT lead to revolt, sending email here and there, reminding me that I am not his line manager, telling me and his team that I am not allowed to meet with them (which I refrained to do so). The gentleman also claims that he had a series of incidents with me and that I should stop asking his team to do things or insisting on things to do in my interests - as far as I can say these are baseless claims and mud throwing.
He has threatened to leave by the end of next week (he is on contract - which is something our CEO is not happy about - and by accident, his contract ends next week).
I feel not happy about this reaction and have a strong feeling that the gentleman will be a negative challenge to deal with. My experience has been that he is extremely insecure in his leadership and dealing with people superior to him (position wise or qualification wise). There has been cases that the ego and lack of listening resulted in the IT to not fulfill the job well (I did not even bring them up but recent reaction reinforces my thoughts and I see a red flag here). I do feel that the guys is taking the company hostage with this hysteric behavior.
So I am in a dilemma to what to do: I am sure my company badly wants me to accept the development director which I absolutely do not want it with this situation in place. I am happy to commit to shape things to make sure either me or someone else can do their job well with new organization but again this is an offer for help and not something I badly want to do.
There might be some behavioral conflicts here as well (maybe a factor): The IT head is 12 years older than me. He does not know basic ethics of greetings, cleaning the communal work in the company, does not join others for lunch, etc. Any advice and consulting on this is greatly appreciated.