An interesting topic and discussion I was having with a technology leader within the industry came up this week. It was around organisations promoting competent people into management roles, however not growing them as leaders.
It is such a common mistake for many organisations to promote someone who is technically competent, or the SME around their area, into a management/leadership role. However, what is often forgotten is the change in focus, approach and soft skills required to ultimately get the best out of the team they are leading. Now, I am not saying that someone who isn't technically competent or an SME can't be a successful leader, but it takes guidance, support and training to allow someone to be successful in any new role.
So often, organisations don't outline how the individual's role, responsibilities, and outcomes have changed. Particularly when you go from being a successful individual and competent in what you do individually, to enabling those around you to be successful: two completely different skills.
Shifting from being solely focused on your own success to those around you takes a completely different mindset, selflessness and a real passion for seeing others succeed. Even the most natural leaders need training, guidance, and support. This is something often overlooked by organisations when promoting internally.
If you are looking at promoting internally, ask yourself: are you giving your future leaders a platform to be successful?
Done well, promoting from within rewards and retains your best people for the long term. It also helps strengthen your culture. However, if you don’t put the effort and attention into making those promoted successful, it can backfire massively. No one likes working for a leader that doesn’t know what they’re doing, and those failing in a new role will feel terrible. Today, we look at the most common mistakes leaders make causing the strategy of promoting from within to fail. Avoid these pitfalls and you’ll be much more likely to foster the company filled with great, rising leaders you aspire to have.