If you're looking to move up the ranks and take on more of a managerial role, your employer is expecting more from you than just being able to make good decisions.
When promoting professionals to management positions, more than half of executives said they look for employees with strong motivational or leadership skills, while 19 percent said they want someone who has good interpersonal or soft skills, according to a new study from The Creative Group.
"Being an effective manager means more than giving orders and making sure projects are completed on time," Diane Domeyer, executive director of The Creative Group, said in a statement. "Leaders must inspire their teams and boost employee engagement to steer their companies to greater heights."
Several other factors also help sway executives when considering whether to promote staff members to management positions, including the candidates' strategic business expertise, their technical expertise and how long they've been with the company.
To help employees looking to climb the corporate ladder, The Creative Group has outlined five key traits that aspiring managers should work on strengthening:
- Vision: Having a sharp understanding of where your business is going is essential. To be a great leader, you need to have a clear vision of the future and be able to inspire others toward your, and the company's, goals.
- Focus: To be an effective manager you need to be able to focus on the end goals. It's critical that you know when to sacrifice short-term wins to pursue bigger-picture objectives.
- Creativity: You can't be afraid of changing how things are run. Some of the most successful leaders have the ability to change up established business practices and develop a culture of smart risk-taking. Your desire to advance the company should outweigh your fear of failure.
- Flexibility: Good managers are agile and can pivot at a moment's notice to take advantage of opportunities as they arise
- Resilience: There are times things aren't going to go your way and you fail on a project or task. The best bosses can bounce back from those defeats and turn a setback into a positive.
The study was based on surveys of 400 advertising and marketing executives from companies with 100 or more employees.