Updated May 5, 2008 6:01 PM EDT
- The Find: An HR consultancy has laid out the key skills for each rung on the career ladder, providing a road map for managers on their way up.
- The Source: The recent "Pulse on Leaders" study from Personnel Decisions International (PDI).
PDI researchers assessed more than 4,500 employees to see what skills were necessary for success in first level management roles, mid-level jobs, and director or executive level positions. Nothing PDI uncovered is particularly counter-intuitive, but by spelling out the sorts of experience managers need to reach the next rung up, the consultancy offers a road map to help managers acquire the skills they need for advancement.
Employees looking to move up to their first management positions should work on these skills:
To reach mid-level management, managers need to find "stretch assignments" that give them experience:
- Standardizing processes and procedure both across and within units
- Improving the quality of products and services
And to get to the very top, managers need a background in:
- Turning around a struggling unit
- Helping an employee overcome performance difficulties
- Resolving crises
- Restructuring business investments or debt
- Starting a new department, division, or function
For a more complete list of the key skills for each level, download a .pdf of the complete release at the PDI web site
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