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Pitfalls of Seasoned Leaders


Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Blog

Your direct reports may know you are an amazing leader, but are you certain your boss knows? Too often there is a huge discrepancy between the team’s high ratings of the leader and the lack luster ratings of the boss. With more senior leaders it often stems from allowing the relationship with the boss to become too comfortable and informal. Some of the techniques the leader might have used earlier in their career to ensure they were managing up have been dropped with the false assumption these are no longer needed. Later when the leader is overlooked for promotion, the high potential leader wonders why a less capable leader is promoted. To ensure your boss knows you not only as a trusted part of the team but also as a great leader, reintroduce the following into your communications:

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It happens all too frequently. You have worked long hours, been given greater responsibility, and know you are capable but still someone else got the promotion.  Was your boss playing favorites?  Is it because you made some mistake five years ago? Was it politics? Usually these are not the culprits. Most often the problem is within the individual. Here are three common mistakes high potential employees make that lose them the promotion opportunity:

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Most companies like to keep their succession planning results a tightly held secret. This unfortunately results in most employees not knowing if they are considered a candidate for future promotion. On rare occasion the person is told the leadership team believes they have the ability to be successful at the next leadership levels but the reasons for the selection may still seem vague. So how will you know if you are considered a high potential and worthy of future leadership promotion?  There are four expectations of high potential employees that I have seen be constants in the selection of promotional candidates. 

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  How to Accomplish Your Goals for Your Career When you call the first thing we would do is an intake interview. There is no charge. I just go through and I ask you a series of questions to try to figure out what success would look like for you when you were accomplishing what you wanted to accomplish, and then what you currently think is standing in the way of that? What are you seeing that tells you that something is a mess? What...

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  Executive Coach | High Potential Leadership Training My name is Carlann Fergusson, and my business is Propel Forward. My background is probably more behavioral from my training, because I have a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology. It is that blend of both. Then even my career, I was always a coach in companies. I started as a resident assistant back in undergrad and then I just was always the coach for all the different...

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