How to Prepare Your Employees for a Promotion

When there is an open leadership position, most established companies prefer to hire from within the organization. Often, employees considered for a promotion have shown loyalty, commitment to their work, and a knowledge of the products or services that the company offers.

However, in many cases, promising candidates can fail to get promotions because they lack the leadership qualities required in managerial positions. To avoid such a situation, companies should offer sufficient training to employees. Here are some ways your company can prepare its staff members to attain leadership positions.

The Art of Effective Communication

Those looking for a promotion must be able to communicate with the other people on their team. Some of the skills that they must have regarding effective communication include:

Allowing workers a chance to speak out about their challenges and needs
Accepting the fact that workers will need training on how they should communicate on a day-to-day basis
Appreciating that all workers are not the same; each employee has their unique way of communicating. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the manager to understand the strengths of each worker they supervise.

For any business to succeed, communication is key. Each potential manager needs to undergo training on how to communicate with the other workers effectively. A leader must be able to listen to what a team member says and interpret it the way it is meant and not the way they think it means. Once a leader grasps the art of communication, they are more likely to lead the team in the right direction.

Leadership Skills

It is the responsibility of the leaders in an organization to share their knowledge and skills for each team member to emulate. The moment you notice that an employee on your team is willing to learn, focus on that person and show them how they can work toward a leadership role.

Once a worker is promoted to a senior role, they need to understand that their coworkers are no longer their peers but they are now working under them. The transition to managerial positions is not something most people are ready for, so preparation is key to succeeding in these positions. When a new manager is being trained, the company needs to ensure that not only is the new leader gaining skills but that other workers are being prepared for the transition as well.

A Success Mentality

New leaders must undergo sufficient training to make them believe that they have what it takes to lead other workers in the right direction. Fortunately, a new leader can be taught the success mentality. The first step should be to make the worker understand why the company decided to offer them a senior role. Sometimes, newly promoted leaders do not believe in their capabilities, and it is the company’s responsibility to make them understand.

Tackling Challenges Head-on

When a worker is first given the responsibility of leading others, they will likely feel anxious and sometimes fail to deliver. However, each new leader needs to understand that making mistakes is normal. Teach them that once they make a mistake, they learn from it and strive to never repeat it. They should also learn that, as a leader, there will always be challenges along the way and many people will look to them for answers. They must embrace these challenges and use them as lessons.

Willingness to Exchange Ideas with Others

When a person is promoted to a leadership role, they need to listen to other peoples’ ideas more often. However, when some people gain these roles, they begin to look down on other workers. They tend to stop listening to other peoples’ thoughts and suggestions. Anyone you are preparing to promote must know that they should be willing to hear the ideas of their subordinates. Otherwise, they might miss out on some brilliant ideas that could elevate the company.

Understanding the Benefits of Failure

New leaders need to understand that some ideas and proposals will fail. As the leader, they are responsible for guiding the people under them out of a tough situation. Additionally, their company should always be willing to support them in case of failure. When a manager receives the support of their organization, they are more likely to work harder.


When an organization promotes from within, it is their responsibility to train the new manager on traits that will improve their chances of success. As a result, not only does the new manager benefit, but so does the organization.