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Is It Time To Get Out of Front Line Management?
Every business needs effective senior leadership to survive. How can you find those entry level and middle managers that will become the next group of senior leaders? Are there specific skill sets that are looked for in today’s senior leadership that you could work on developing right now to make you a more attractive candidate in the future? According to recent research, the needed skills to be a senior manager might just surprise you.
It’s Not About Being Willing To Do Anything Anymore
Many interns run themselves ragged trying to prove that they are willing to go the extra three miles it takes to get a project done. Many entry level managers will sit at their desks late into the night, ignoring their families for the hope of one day being able to advance because of their commitment now. Middle managers do the same thing, but they’re often dreaming up ideas that might bring a higher level of profit. According to research, however, the ability to lead people is much more important than to be willing to do anything. Leading people means being able to inspire them to do better, to want to take up the slack, and to be willing to roll up your sleeves and get dirty on a project with your direct reports. When was the last time you did that?
Today’s Leaders Fall Short In Every Skill Level
Though many of today’s entry level or middle managers have good enough skills for their current positions, they fall short in every single skill category for the ability to be a senior leader. One of the biggest skill gaps occurs in employee development. Many managers neglect the development of their direct reports because there is a fear that a highly motivated direct report will either take their job or their promotion. To prove senior leadership capabilities, however, a manager must be able to develop an employee, encourage them to succeed, and not be afraid of a hostile takeover.
It’s All About Communication
The problem of leadership deficiency isn’t just on each manager. It’s also on the corporation that is employing them because they are failing to communicate the needs for these leadership skills. Many don’t even have leadership training programs that will help to develop these skills or improve them! If there’s no inspiration being filtered down to the managers that are working hard every day, there won’t be any inspiration to give to their direct reports either. Open lines of communication that encourage development are a great place to start!
Are You Looking To Become a Senior Leader?
If you are shooting for an executive office, then the time is now to start working on your needed skill set. From strategic planning to learning the strengths of individual differences, chances are there are large gaps that you could work on filling right now in your skill set. When you have those skills developed, you’ll be a much more viable candidate for that promotion and all the perks that come with it. What could you do today to start honing your senior leadership skills?