The corporate world can be tough since everyone at work seems to desire a higher position. Some are motivated because of pride and ego. Others want a higher pay to provide for their family. There are also employees who have been around for a long time, and they want to see themselves move up the ladder. However, these are not the standards for you to consider in promoting an employee. There are other signs that should tell you that someone deserves to be pushed up.
Understanding of the companys vision
You want someone who works not only for the pay or power, but is willing to do everything to be of service to the company. This person needs to study the company and understand its culture. When you have an employee who sees the direction of the company and is willing to work to bring the business there, you need to promote that person.
The people you put in power will also be representatives of your business. Therefore, you need someone who can tell your story and a person you can be proud of. You might be sending this person to other places to meet with other business leaders. You need a representative who can explain what your business stands for and why it exists. Not everyone can do this job and might even humiliate your company. Therefore, you should be particular in choosing someone whom you will promote and represent your business.
You want to elevate someone who can see problems as opportunities. You want to promote employees who are optimistic and will not say no if there are possible deals and partnerships. There are great employees who keep saying no to everything. They close their doors before even giving things a shot. You do not want this type of person to be in the leadership team as everyones spirits could be dampened.
Hard working and professional
You are also promoting a person whom you can make an example to the other employees. You do not want to reward laziness. When you find someone whom you think is really hard working and even goes the extra mile, you need to give that person a shot at a promotion. The other employees might even be motivated to do a better job when they see that you rewarded someone who did an exemplary performance.
Honest but polite
You want a person in the management team who can tell it to your face when you are wrong. You do not want an employee who fears voicing out the truth. However, even when saying things out loud, they need to be polite and respectful. This person might also be willing to argue to further their case without taking things personally.
When you find someone who possesses all these qualities, it is time to elevate that person to a higher position. You want only the best to move up the ladder.
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