You’ve been a loyal, hardworking employee for years and haven’t seen a promotion. You may have one or more of these common professional problems, writes Alison Green at U.S. News & World Report “On Careers” blog.
• Inappropriate dress. If you don’t look like a boss, you’re unlikely to become one.
• Poor time. Managers have to manage their time and that of their direct reports, so they have to be good at it.
• Terrible at tough talks. Managers must make difficult decisions and have difficult discussions. If you’re not tough enough, or too combative, you won’t be promoted any time soon.
• Cliquish or gossipy. A leader has to be objective and respectful of others.
• Unable to manage up. If you don’t communicate well with your boss or meet her expectations, then you won’t be able to cut it at the next level.
• Invisible accomplishments. No one wants to be seen as overly boastful, but if you’ve done a fantastic job and your boss doesn’t know it, then you’ll probably be overlooked for a promotion.
— Adapted from “10 Reasons You’re Not the Boss,” by Alison Green, U.S. News & World Report, “On Careers” blog.