Candidates considered for promotion in organisations

People management issues: Robert Mandeya

Managing promotions effectively is one of the most powerful ways leaders can drive their company’s success.

Promotion or career advancement is a process through which an employee of a company is given a higher share of duties, a higher pay-scale or both.

A promotion is not just beneficial for employees but is also highly crucial for the employer or business owners.

It boosts the morale of promoted employees, increases their productivity and hence improves upon the overall profits earned by the organisation.

Advantages of promoting from within

Promoting from within a company boosts morale and helps keep productivity high.

New employees can see the potential for growth. If your employees know there is a potential career path within the organisation, you are less likely to lose promising staff to another organisation.

Employees are more likely to take advantage of organisational training and educational opportunities if they know these activities can improve their chances of promotion.

Grooming leaders

When promoting from within, managers identify natural leaders and groom them for leadership positions. Most managers can identify their top performers, but someone who performs well as a sales rep might not have the characteristics of leadership. A promising individual can be given a special assignment to identify leadership qualities or other talents the organisation needs.

When to promote

If you want to get promoted, think more than skills, qualifications, and experience. The most promotable employees also have the right attitude — and the right outlook on individual and team performance.

Attitude informs action. Attitude informs behavior. Attitude is the driving force behind every achievement, accomplishment, and success.

Be an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is a relatively recent concept that focusses on employees of a company that have many of the attributes of entrepreneurs.

An entrepreneur is someone within a company that takes risks in an effort to solve a given problem.

Always be searching for areas where your company can improve or opportunities that it can take advantage of.

If you want to get noticed and get ahead, then you have to move beyond your job description and take on projects that will elevate both yourself and your manager.

Entreprenuers are usually highly self-motivated, proactive and action-oriented people who are comfortable with taking the initiative, even within the boundaries of an organisation, in pursuit of an innovative product or service.

Team player

People never accomplish anything worthwhile by themselves. That is why great teammates make everyone around them better. Take an unselfish basketball player:

He makes his teammates better by delivering pinpoint passes in space, boxing out, setting solid screens, and rotating on defence, all the things that do not show up in the statistics but definitely improve the performance of his teammates.

Be optimistic

Optimists add energy; pessimists drain away energy. Optimists try more things and take more (intelligent) risks simply because they are focussed on what can go right.

Pessimists never get started because they are too busy thinking about what might go wrong. Optimists do not feel they need to wait — to be promoted or accepted or discovered — they feel if they work hard they can accomplish almost anything.

Focus on execution

Planning is important, but too many shelves are filled with strategies that were never implemented.

The best employees develop an idea, create a strategy, set up a basic operational plan, then execute, adapt, execute, revise, execute, refine, and make incredible things happen based on what works in practice, not in theory.

Success starts with strategy but ends with execution. Self-awareness

Self-aware people understand themselves, and that helps them understand the people around them.

They are more empathetic and accepting of the weaknesses of others because they know how it feels to fail. And they can lead with compassion and kindness because they know how it feels to be treated with disregard, disdain, and scorn.

They do everything they can to help others reach their goals, because they know how it feels to fall short. Self-aware people solve for the team, the organisation, and the customer — not just for themselves.
Every organisation needs self-aware people in key roles.

Be adaptable

Things constantly change in high-growth companies. Inflexible people grow uncomfortable with too much change and consciously or unconsciously try to slow things down. Great employees are willing, even eager, to change.

Great employees respond to new circumstances and challenges with excitement, not hesitation. Employees willing to adapt tend to advance more quickly because that is what every company — especially a high-growth company — needs.

Executive presence

The ability to present yourself and your information is a critical management and leadership skill. In fact, ‘Executive Presence’ accounts for about 26% of what it takes to get promoted, and this has nothing to do with your technical skills or expertise.

Mandeya is an executive coach, trainer in human capital development and corporate education, a certified leadership and professional development practitioner and founder of the Leadership Institute for Research and Development (LiRD). —, or +263 772 466 925.