Most professionals, whether young or old, dream of climbing up their company’s executive ladder and getting a higher pay. Who doesn't want to get promoted these days?
They say that the greater the power, the greater the responsibility that comes with it. But we all know that being responsible is part of everyone’s job, and we can’t just turn our backs on that.
Sometimes, no matter how much effort you put into your job, you are left unnoticed, and it may take years before the company realizes how good of a person you are. This means that you might not get a promotion right away, but once they recognize your expertise and skills, you'll be watched carefully until the company is sure that you are ready for the responsibility.
Being on the list for a promotion is in fact recognition. It means your boss has seen something in you that he hasn't seen from the others. It is an opportunity that is scarcely available to so many and you are lucky enough to be considered for your dream job. But it doesn't stop there. How do you make sure that you bag that promotion?
Here are some qualities that bosses look for in an employee for promotion:
1. The ability to lead -- someone who can make good and wise decisions without supervision from his boss, yet still looks out for the welfare of his colleagues as well as the organization. A person who can create strategies and turn them into actual plans to be implemented by everyone. He should help transform his teams to become the best that they can possibly be.
2. The ability to communicate effectively -- you should be able to share your dreams and visions with your colleagues and have a purpose. By communicating effectively, everyone takes part in the company’s progress by doing their own share of the task to the best of their ability. You should have the power to influence your co-workers' minds, aim at one goal, and work together to achieve it. You also need to listen to your people’s ideas and hear out their concerns so you can identify and correct any issues they might be having.
3. A strong sense of integrity -– you should be honest, credible and trustworthy so your colleagues will never doubt your intentions and will always trust you. A solid ethical core should be within you already because people can see that. Once your co-workers know that you possess all these qualities, you will earn their respect and they will follow you. But don’t forget to show respect in return.
4. Confidence -– if you are a confident leader, your followers become confident too because you inspire them. Show them that no matter how hard times are, you will still make it with a smile on your lips.
Knowing what qualities are needed for a promotion will assist you with your career opportunities and will open more doors to a brighter future. However, whether you get promoted or not, it is important that you still possess these qualities because they will give you a reputation of being a good employee, and that can take you places.
Cecile Peterkin is a certified career and retirement coach, and a registered member of the Career Professionals of Canada and the International Coach Federation. She is also the Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Center, provider of career and life management services for middle managers and mid-career professionals across Canada, United States and Europe..© 2014 Cecile Peterkin
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