As a boss, you’ve got a lot of responsibilities, some of them good, some of them bad. Most bosses out there absolutely dread having to fire somebody but it’s just a part of the job. On the plus side, you also have the opportunity to promote people and make positive changes in their life. However, it does leave you with a difficult decision to make. When you’ve got a team of great people and you have to choose just one of them, how do you pick? It’s tempting to pick the person that you like the most in a personal sense but just because you get along with them, that doesn’t mean they’re the best person for the job. Employees in senior positions need all sorts of different skills and the way to decide who to promote is to identify them in your applicants. This is what you should be looking out for when you’re promoting internally.
This is the most obvious attribute and one that you’re probably looking for already. Identifying leadership skills can be difficult because it’s not as simple as just telling people what to do. A good leader can motivate employees, keep morale up, make sure that people don’t get distracted, all while maintaining a good relationship with their employees. A good leader is also somebody that isn’t afraid to get stuck in themselves rather than just delegating all of the time. There are a couple of ways to work out who is the best leader out of your staff members; people that have studied an mba in strategy online have a good understanding of leadership practices and how to implement them in the workplace. However, don’t just focus on qualifications because employees can develop these skills through experience as well. Watch how your employees interact during collaborative projects etc. and identify who is leading the pack.
Although being a good leader is important, you need somebody that’s a team player. If you promote somebody who tries to motivate employees by shouting at them and asking them to do all of the work, they aren’t going to be a very good manager. You need somebody who is a team player, well-liked by the rest of the employees, and can motivate them through leading by example.
You shouldn’t let personal relationships factor into your decision too much but it’s important to note whether people get on with each other. If you promote somebody that doesn’t have a good working relationship with the rest of the team, they won’t be an effective boss.
Being able to prioritize work means two things; firstly, it means making sure that other concerns outside of work don’t affect you while you’re in the office. Secondly, it means being able to decide which projects are most pressing. If you’ve got a senior member of staff running 5 different projects, they need to be able to decide which needs to be completed first and allocate resources accordingly. If they can’t do that, you’ll soon end up with a backlog and a very inefficient office.
This is another very important skill that you should look for when you’re trying to decide who deserves that promotion. It’s likely that in their new role, they’ll have to work with other departments. If they’ve got no understanding of the inner workings of those other departments, that’s a whole lot of extra training that they’ll need to get before they’re working at full potential. Promoting somebody that already knows their way around the whole company is going to do you a lot of favors.
Invested In The Company
If you promote somebody that isn’t invested in the company or its progression, they’re not going to make an effort to find improvements that can be made or opportunities to move forward. It’s often difficult to tell who is and isn’t invested in the business because they aren’t going to make that known. What you should look out for is their general attitude and try to think of times in the past where they might have shown some initiative where the future of the company is concerned. Things like staying a little later after work to finish things up, or getting in early are all positive signs. Equally, somebody who leaves at 5 on the dot, even if they’re halfway through something, is probably not a good choice for promotion.
If you can identify all of these attributes in one single employee, you’ve found the perfect person to promote.
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