Why Aren't You Getting Promoted?

Here are the top four traits that may be keeping you locked out of the executive suite.

You’re smart. You’re skilled. So where’s that new title?

Many people who are already employed got stocked up in their paid positions due to passive approached in handling their skills and attitudes. They missed plenty of opportunities due to this permanent character depreciation in changing times. Added to those are the impoverished and degrading matches up of the management and labor relations that should have been the top priority in this context of business today.

Only one third of the executives surveyed by the Conference Board rate the future leaders at their companies as excellent or good. So what are all the would-be fast trackers out there doing wrong? The following are the top four traits that may be keeping you locked out of the executive suite:

You’re afraid to take risks. No boss wants you to be reckless with a million-dollar account, but being a little bold can get you noticed. True leaders take calculated risks. If you don’t, your boss might get the message that you’re too cautious to change things for the better. So go out on a limb. Even if the women who make the big bucks don’t love your ideas, you’ll get brownie points for dreaming them up.

You’re arrogant and insensitive to others. A president once recalls attending a meeting at which a junior staffer insisted on her own ideas without listening to others. Superiors later said that they wouldn’t put that employee in charge of anything. Why? A spotlight-stealer attitude doesn’t mesh with today’s teamwork-oriented offices. Try to draw out and understand everyone’s point of view. And throw support behind ideas that are better than yours.

You’re too controlling. Bosses appreciate passion. But when you refuse to believe that employees can do the same level of work as you, they don’t feel trusted. When someone asks, “Ho do I do this?” say, “How do you think it should be done?” Then guide that person; don’t just tell him what to do. The one you advised is likely to tell others you give great direction, and soon you’ll have a reputation for being a leader.

You’re reluctant to deal with problematic people. It’s not easy to reprimand someone you see every day – even an assistant who constantly blows deadlines. But if one person is under-performing, everyone will notice and not dealing with it sets a lower standard – that can hurt morale. Handle people problems immediately and tactfully. Easing burdens for those above and below you – that spells promotable.

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Posted on May 13, 2010