Are You Sure You Want That Promotion?

Certainly you do, but are you ready to accept the added responsibility?  Promotions are not generally given to people so that they can come in later, leave earlier, shop leisurely at lunch, have time for a few personal phone calls, spend a couple of hours at the gym, or take long walks in the park.  As a matter of fact, not only does a promotion mean greater commitment, it means dedication and much more responsibility.  It also means new awareness of others’ expectations.

Realistically speaking, the people who report to you are not nearly as accountable to you as you are to them.  Not fair, but that’s the way it is!  They expect you to be the best and that means you have to be or otherwise they won’t respect you. You have to set the example – no way can you let them disapprove of you.  If they do, you can forget about getting any enthusiastic support from your staff.

With every promotion, in addition to the obvious new demands, there are a lot of unexpected areas of accountability.  Many people want and need the challenge and recognition.  Others, when faced with the demands of a promotion, may find after some soul searching that “it’s not for me.”

Helpful Hint: If you really want that promotion – work now as if the announcement has already been made.  It could happen sooner than you think!