The Upskilling Imperative: Why Accomplishments Alone Won’t Earn You A Promotion

Too many employees get promoted based on what they’ve done in the past, not because they have a proven aptitude for the next role. This is especially true when individual contributors move into management positions. My company’s research found overwhelming evidence that people are promoted into management too quickly, and many employees think their supervisors need more manager training.

Getting promotion-ready doesn’t just mean checking off the boxes of what you’ve already accomplished and then waiting to be rewarded for it. You want to be successful in that next role, too, so you can continue to advance. Be purposeful and committed to developing your skill set, especially your human skills, so this promotion is the first of more to come.

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