Do they prioritize work?
As a research found, dedicating to work is the most important aspect they are looking for when deciding whom to promote. It is not actually an expectation that your employees will stay late, skip lunch, or refuse to take breaks in order to focus on work, and, by that, get promoted. However, when it comes to identifying team members who are ready to move up, there is a big difference between those who do exactly what’s expected and those who are willing to put in a little extra effort. As a manager, paying attention to the employees who are willing to jump in wherever (and whenever) they’re needed is really important.
Do they further their own knowledge?
Your promotable employees probably are not good at everything, but who are ready to move up will take it upon themselves to find out what they need to know, no matter what it takes. The way they adapt the environment can show how much they want to go further in their career. You as an employer need adaptive and flexible employees and someone who shows this quality can be considered for promotion too. Someone who is adaptive and adjusting does not take the time to produce the same level of results in different settings and is hence an asset.
Do they have cross-functional experience?
73% of managers in a study from quickbase.com are very willing or extremely willing to support employees who want to move within the corporation. If an employee has experience working in different departments, he should be positioned for management because it would be very difficult to hire someone from outside the business with the same level of knowledge and expertise. The more he knows of the different components that, when combined, help to make your company function, the more value he brings to your company.
Do they inspire and motivate other employees?
The second competency is the ability to be inspiring and motivating other people for high performances. When employees mentor their co-workers, it’s a clear sign that they show leadership potential. Not only are they embodying the values of your business, they’re helping other employees to do the same. Besides, high potential leaders are effective at developing talent in the organization. These leaders take the time and have the desire to develop others. They provide excellent feedback and coaching to others. It also can indicate the team work skill of this person.
Do they ask for feedback and take it well?
In fact, not many people enjoy getting feedback, so if you have employees who constantly request it, take note. By proactively asking you about the level of their current performance, they’re showing initiative and the desire to grow within their roles. If they put it into action and continue to improve with each project and task you assign, it is an indication for you that they will continue to strive for great things. Highly promotable leaders show the ability to produce excellent results with it.