Why You Don’t Want To Promote The Wrong Person

We all know how important it is to hire the right person for the job, but it’s even more important to promote the right people into positions of leadership. Everyone deserves the chance to climb the ladder, but only a select few will actually do it. It’s your job to be selective so that you promote the right people. If you promote the wrong person, it can be an absolute disaster for everyone involved.

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Promotions are a big deal and the lucky worker who gets promoted has to earn it. When the decision making power is in your hands you have to create a win-win situation for everyone. Promotions need to be a good thing for the business, the employee, and the team.

Before you promote anyone, there are many factors to consider, including:

  1. Hard Skills
  2. Soft Skills
  3. Leadership Skills
  4. Loyalty
  5. Culture Fit
  6. Work Ethic
  7. Experience
  8. Performance Reviews

If you’ve done a good job of hiring people, you’ll have a bigger talent pool of people who you can potentially promote. You’ll ideally find someone with the right personality to do the job. They should have the ability to motivate, inspire, manage, and engage the team. They should be a role model with natural talents who deserves and demands respect.

It’s your job to sift and sort through your team roster to find the right person for the promotion. Work with your HR team to make an educated and unbiased decision. Look at the big picture and think long term. Who’s going to set you up for success?

Based on this information, it sounds like it will be easy to find the perfect person to promote in your company. But if you promote the wrong person it’s one of the fastest ways to sabotage your success. According to Corter.com, “companies put the wrong people into management positions a whopping 82% of the time.” Isn’t that shocking?!

When you promote the wrong person, it can have a dramatic impact on your team. With the wrong person in power, it can:

No business can afford to let this happen. When it comes to promotions, always promote based on the right reasons. Take the time to find the right person. It’s a good idea to always be on the lookout for team members who have the talent and personality to climb the ladder.

Treat promotions just like hiring and you’ll increase your chances of promoting the right person every time. Best of luck!

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