Managers are a rare breed that require certain skills including communication and creativity in order to succeed and motivate others. It can come down to those who have managed the employee and helped shape them into becoming management material. It may be the case that the manager has been promoted into the position rather than recruited for, given that they have worked in a lower rank and have a better understanding of the company in question.
But the question remains, how do you know if the employee in mind has what it takes to become the next manager? Here are a few things to look out for in your search to find the one:
Discover their interest in progression
You can find out if an employee may be interested in the role by simply asking for their thoughts on progression within the company. Ask them the type of role they would like to work towards and see if this involves managerial aspects. Fear should not stand in the way of someone climbing the job ladder. Invest time into the individual and give them confidence that this is a position that they can be in sooner rather than later.
By looking back on an individuals’ experience during their time at a company can help identify if this is the right person for the job or not. Are they good at delegating tasks to others? Do they listen and offer solutions when a problem occurs? Do they take responsibility for their actions and make a solid effort to get the work done, even if this means working late? Does the person have a good knowledge and understanding of how the business works and offer new ideas in order to help the company grow?
Look at current behaviours
Is the individual putting in the time and effort and also asking the advice from those in management? Are they good at giving constructive criticism and offer support to co-workers when they are struggling with workload? Does the person stand out amongst the crowd and is seen on a daily occurrence going above and beyond to ensure the success of the business?
If you are reading this and think ‘Hey, I could be a Manager’ then make this known at your next appraisal. Ask your employer the steps in order to get to where you want to be. Observe the people in higher positions and seek a mentor in someone in a more senior position to get to where you are. If you work hard and maintain the right attitude, this will not go unnoticed by those who matter.