Tuesday, April 16, 2013

4 Leadership Characteristics Necessary for Promotion

Promoting someone to a formal leadership position—team leader, supervisor, manager, director, president—is a task that should not be taken lightly. If not done properly, the appointment could do more harm than good.

The next time you promote an employee to a formal position of leadership make sure they embody the following four characteristics.

Good Judgment. Wisdom is not talked about much in the leadership world. However, if you look at what causes many of our leaders to find themselves in embarrassingly sticky situations and get fired as a result, most of it is due to judgment or lack thereof.

Informed. Does she understand the position at hand? Is he technically savvy? Does he she understand the inner workings of the organization? Information, inside and outside of the organization, might be the most overlooked tool in the leader’s toolbox. A leader can’t have too much information.

Awareness. In all things, be aware. That’s my motto. Awareness doesn’t happen unless the leader is willing to travel the path of personal growth and continuous improvement. Is he comfortable in his own skin? "A person cannot be an effective leader, if he doesn't know who he is," says Mr. Bill Turner.

Comprehension or Understanding. The leader has to be informed but does he really grasp what’s going on in the organization? What’s on the minds of your employees? What are they thinking? What is happing in the world at large? Does he know? In some cases, this is more innate. It’s not data-driven. So, for some leaders, this “might” prove to be a challenge.

There is a fifth characteristic but I will share that one with you a later date.

So, what do you think? Do you agree with these characteristics?

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