Frank was a hard worker at this company. A new position opened up and Frank thought he would be perfect for the job. He had been with the company for 15 years. He constantly met and exceeding his job expectations. He’d won numerous performance awards. He was assertive and efficient. He thought he had a good shot at getting promoted.
He applied. He waited. Finally the announcement for the new manager was made and Frank’s name was not called.
Frank was furious. He was certain his record was better than all the candidates. After work, with his supervisor who was also his friend, Frank decided to be bold and ask why didn’t he get the job. His friend slumped his shoulders and said, “Honestly, Frank you do a great job, but your people skills could definitely be better. It wouldn’t be a good fit for you to be a leader. You serve us best doing exactly what you are doing.”
[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”raised” width=”500px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]You can be really good at doing your job, but that does not mean you will be promoted. When companies are looking for leaders they need people who can rally their people, lead people, and solve problems caused by people.[/dropshadowbox]
6 Communication Skills You Need To Get Promoted
1. Speak up
Be strategic about making your voice known. Don’t talk just to say you are present. Contribute and add value. If you have a good idea, offer it. Consistently doing so gives you presence. Speak clearly and sound educated. Clear, strategic, value adding speakers get promoted.
2. Shut up
You can’t learn if you are always talking. Knowing when to shut up shows you are mature enough to control your impulses. Zeal wants us to talk. Wisdom tells us when to be quiet.
Winston Churchill said
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” TWEET It
Demonstrating restraint gets you promoted.
3. Praise and compliment
Get in the habit of giving away compliments . Regularly praise people you work with for their skills, good attitudes, hard work, etc. This creates an exciting and enthusiastic workplace. Being secure enough to praise others gets you promoted.
Confrontation is critical in building a trusting and productive environment. Confrontation doesn’t have to be scary. It is simply pointing out a discrepancy. Confront out of intrigue not out of accusation. Well executed confrontation skills gets you promoted.
5. Ask for Feedback
Actively pursue feedback. By asking for feedback, you are establishing open communication. You also measure which skills are and are not working. You don’t know what you need to work on if you don’t ask. Seeking feedback gets you promoted.
Remember at the end of the day, you work with people. You rely on people. You need people. Develop a sense of compassion. Be able to see people for they are, not just who they are to you. Being compassionate gets you promoted.
Consistently implement these skills so you aren’t passed over for a promotion due to poor communication skills.
What other skills gets one promoted?