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October 23, 2018

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Is your employee ready to be a manager?

Is your employee expecting a promotion in their next appraisal? The thought of treading the path of a supervisory role fascinates but also frightens. Your employees must have spent a reasonable amount of time in a company and their contribution is being highly talked about. But the length of employment as the leading qualification for a promotion can be misleading. Are you in the introspection mode to find out if they are ready for it? While the executive search for the right talent is on, here are a few traits that can help you establish whether your employee is cut-out to be a manager or not:

  • It is important to get a grasp of the organization by analysing how they view its culture, needs, and direction.
  • Do they take responsibility? An employee who owns up their failures, are able to handle the reprimand and learn from their mistakes.
  • They show up on time, wear the uniform, treat both customers and co-workers with respect, and are productive. They demonstrate professionalism.
  • They have repeatedly proven their ability to manage their work and themselves.
  • They go beyond the completion of the required tasks and ensure effective coordination.
  • They look out for their co-worker’s success as much as their own on a group project and demonstrate the spirit of team coordination and cooperation.
  • In terms of delivering their work, they excel far beyond what is expected of them.
  • They like to learn. They have mastered their technical ground and crave for opportunities that herald new challenges.
  • Not only do they manage existing tasks, but also take initiative in creating or improving other processes that benefit the company.
  • They look for solutions instead of problems. They engage with their work and encourage others to do so.
  • They have the answer or the promises to deliver solutions. They help their team members and still accomplish their own job.
  • They exhibit pride and ownership in their work. They not only understand the big picture but understand how the available resources can help them realize that picture.
  • Not only do they volunteer for leadership roles, but also volunteer for tough jobs.
  • They have a natural talent for training new employees or managing a workshop. According to a Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)-Globoforce survey, 93% of managers need training on how to coach employees.
  • Communication is their strength and they are highly ranked in this competency.
  • They are proactive, self-aware, empathetic, demonstrate personal accountability, and have the courage and capability to hold tough conversations.
  • Their goals are in alignment with the organizational goals and they work in sync with the company’s vision and mission.
  • They don’t micromanage and get along with people.
  • They are self-motivated and don’t need to be told what to do. They have the right attitude towards their work and are known to be a positive co-worker.
  • They are honest and maintain their integrity to the core.

If they possess all these traits, then they are surely moving towards managerial responsibility.