I will be faced with a tricky decision soon and could do with some advice / ideas / anecdotes / thoughts/ etc, please. My current job is going to disappear and I have been encouraged to apply for SMT position in same school. Don't want to give too many details on here, but would really appreciate the chance to mull it over. If I don't get it or don't apply, there is going to be a less demanding role available instead, but that would also involve less autonomy than at present. Thing is, what happens to people who become 'one of them'? I am a happy soul, - one of the 'troops' - who gets on very well with colleagues at all levels. Is this a one way route to isolation and being talked about behind my back? Are my stereotypes about SMT out of date? ideas?