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What do you look for, before giving someone on your team a promotion?
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"Before promoting someone on my team, I will read through all of the employee's performance reviews and ask for references from former managers. As far as skills go, I look for someone collaborative and reliable."
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"I believe it's important to look at someone's level of collaboration and helpfulness. If the employee has shown leadership skills without a management title, I can be sure they will pull through as a solid leader and solid manager, once promoted."
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"Management and leadership roles are too often given to people who are not true leaders. Many are promoted simply out of tenure, and I do not believe in this practice. What I look for when I promote a team member is a history of professional and self-development activities. I would rather promote someone who reads regularly, and wants to learn as opposed to someone who has been cushy in their role for many years without any growth initiative."
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"In marketing, we often promote those who will show self-motivation and take the initiative without being asked. Much of what we do is independent project work remotely. Before promoting someone, I would ensure the person could handle the balance between working independently and collaborating with a team of creatives."
Example #5
"It can be a challenge to find a reliable staff member in the retail industry. For that reason, I would first assess the person's track record when it comes to showing up on time, staying for their entire shift, and calling in sick. If they proved to be reliable, I would consider a promotion should they be interested."
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"Sales organizations and departments require organized leaders, great motivators, and competitively minded managers. If I had a team member seeking a promotion, I would look for those qualities. Also, I would want to see a history of success and achievement."
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"A promotion would rarely be up to me, as an educator; however, if I were hiring a teacher or promoting someone to a Principal role, I would look for consistency in behavior and higher education. Also, someone that the students respect and listen to."
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