CEOs Look for These 8 Traits When Promoting Employees

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Are you trying to make all the right moves to ensure the highest chance of getting promoted? You might be the best performer in your team, department, or even in the entire organization. But your capacity for performing alone does not guarantee promotion in the real world. Just as important as what you do is how others, especially higher management, perceive what you do.

In the corporate world, appearances matter just as much as the effort you put into your job. And that doesn’t just mean being a snappy dresser and showing up on time. To be promotable you need to project an image of being the best possible choice for a specific role. This blog will show you how.

8 Must-Dos for Getting Promoted

Performing well at work is a given. It’s an employer’s market right now after all, so threatening to quit if you’re not promoted will not work. Your employer will just reach out to a staffing agency and source a replacement in weeks if not days.

It’s not advisable anyway to try to strongarm your employer, no matter how much value you think you bring to the workplace. It harms the reputation you might have built on your performance, harming instead of enhancing your chances to get that promotion. Instead, if you gave a particular role you feel suits your abilities and interests, start doing these things today:

  1. Prove that you can perform under stress
  2. Don’t be afraid to question things
  3. Empathize with others in the workplace
  4. Demonstrate your understanding of your role in the business
  5. Take the initiative to do tasks above your designation
  6. Be reliable and consistent in the workplace
  7. Develop comfort with making decisions
  8. Make it clear you want more responsibility

Let’s take a closer look at these below.

Prove That You Can Perform Under Stress

One of the most important traits management looks for in leadership roles is the ability to perform well under pressure or stress. Moving up the corporate ladder to a senior role usually comes with increased responsibility and increased stress. You need to start making efforts to demonstrate that you can handle both and still deliver above-par output at the end of the day.

Don’t Be Afraid to Question Things

A hallmark of good leadership is transformation. Leaders improve or change the way things are done in the workplace. And that begins by questioning business processes and efficiency. But don’t just be the person that points out procedural inefficiencies or bottlenecks. Be sure to also come up with innovative solutions to the problems you point out.

Empathize With Others in the Workplace

The presence or absence of extroversion in a person is not a big factor. But the ability to empathize and engage with other people in the workplace most certainly is. An employee that shows the right level of emotional quotient when managing other workers is more likely to get promoted. This is because they aren’t just business leaders, but sympathetic and understanding ones.

Demonstrate Your Understanding of Your Role in the Business

Businesses aren’t just built to earn profits. Yes, profits are essential to run a business, compensate employees, meet expenses, and reward stakeholders. But while businesses aim to earn profits during a financial year, they also have a bigger, long-term goal in mind known as vision.

Employees that understand their role in this long-term goal are more likely to get a promotion. This is mainly because they understand the importance of their role and how it moves the business further towards its goals.  

Take the Initiative to Do Tasks Above Your Designation

Employees that take on senior tasks above their designation demonstrate their ability to handle more responsibility. It is doubly impactful if you are seen handling these tasks on your own initiative. Your superiors are more likely to consider you for promotion since you’re already fielding the senior role’s responsibilities in addition to your own role.  

Be Reliable and Consistent in The Workplace

Showing good output or performance sporadically won’t cut it. Yes, it is still commendable that you occasionally deliver work above expectations. However, if you want that promotion, you need to start delivering consistently. When your employer recognizes that they can depend on you to deliver quality work against tight deadlines, multiple points of contact, and key milestones, they are usually going to be more positive towards possible promotion.   

Develop Comfort With Making Decisions

The capacity to make decisions increases as you climb up the corporate ladder. Of course, you probably won’t be given a role to alter company policy immediately after an entry-level role. But it still pays to demonstrate comfort with making decisions at any role you occupy.

Even if it is small day-to-day decisions such as streamlining tasks or prioritizing workflows, they will demonstrate your initiative and leadership skills to your employer. Once you reach a senior role, you’ll be more comfortable with making judgment calls based on your skills and expertise.

Make it Clear You Want More Responsibility

Finally, you want to be as proactive as possible in your pursuit of a promotion. Don’t just expect your employer to recognize your skills and abilities and assign you a more senior position. Be clear and expressive about your desire to handle more responsibility.

Don’t be embarrassed to ask for something that you have earned and would be a good fit for. Whether you’re proposing a better alternative to improve your firm’s mortgage staffing solutions or developing a better way to increase your team’s output, be sure to make it clear why you’re investing the time and effort.

When your employer knows you’re gunning for a leadership role and backing it up with your performance, your chances of getting promoted increase dramatically.  

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