Promoting employee to manager: Top 5 things to look for

Anyone who’s hired supervisors knows that the skills to perform a job aren’t the same as the skills to manage it. Here are traits to look for when assessing whether an employee could step into a leadership role.

1. People skills: Does the employee easily collaborate on projects and respectfully consider others’ ideas? Voluntarily help co-workers? If yes, this is a good start.

2. Leadership abilities: These workers step up and take charge in a positive way. Their peers gravitate toward that charisma. They are self-starters and show confidence in what they do. Workers who come to you often for direction and guidance will have a harder time as managers.

3. Risk-taking: We’re not talking about recklessness. You’re looking for employees who aren’t afraid to take calculated risks when they see a chance for progress. Look for someone who displays a little entrepreneurial flair.

4. No fear of conflict: Your supervisors will confront conflict. There’s no getting around it. They will deal with complainers, whiners and slackers. They will need to hand out discipline and dish out criticism to people they once hobnobbed with. Any employee who avoids conflict at all costs will either hate being a boss or won’t be very good at it—or both.

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5. Company integrity: Anyone who has been heard to bad-mouth the organization’s leaders, processes or goals won’t likely stop if he or she becomes a boss.