It might seem cheesy, or obvious to say that being a leader means caring about your people. However, based on the professional conversations I am having, I might suggest that a lot of leaders are not getting it right! The price of this failure is that people simply leave in the hope that it will be better elsewhere. You might even recognise that in your own career experiences.
Snap. You know, the card game right? If you match the latest card exactly then you can go on to win. So what’s this got to do with securing your promotion? Actually, quite a lot.
Often clients I work with are a bit bemused (and often very disappointed) that they’ve not been offered the promotion they expected. They know they do a great job. They also know that their boss rates their work. It seems a forgone conclusion that when the next step up becomes available they will be in the best position to be offered the role.
In reality though, it is often the case that we need to put more effort than we might think into arguing the case that we are right for the next challenge. We need to show that we do really match perfectly with what they are looking for.
It’s easy to think ‘well they already know that I can do the job because they’ve seen me in action’. The truth is, whilst your line managers may believe you are ready they are going to have to justify your selection both to themselves and to other key decision makers, just as they would for an initial hire.
So what can you do to make the process go more smoothly?
Here are my top 5 tips which I’ll also be exploring in much more detail during our free Nail that Promotion webinar on Thursday 23 June 7.30-8.30pm.
All of us at some point in our lives will have made a decision about our career. In fact, we are more likely to have made several such decisions throughout our life time. Whether to pursue a career based on your degree, or whether to work within a particular organization; these are choices which you will have made at different stages in your career development.