5 personality traits of highly promotable employees

When it comes to making decisions about whom to hire and promote, skills and prior work history are only part of the equation. As many employers know, a candidate’s attitude and personality traits play a huge role in how well that person can perform in the workplace.

Personality traits can make you seek out certain jobs, and affect how you fit in. When hiring managers are filling entry-level roles, they frequently screen for basic traits like reliability and organizational skills, to make sure the candidates are motivated to do the job.

But when it comes to promoting those employees, personality becomes an even more important factor. They’ll have to look a lot deeper at things like charisma and the ability to motivate people. Such personalities matter more at the higher level as the span of control increases.


The people person

Clients, colleagues, and bosses all like this person. He or she has a pleasant personality, gets along with others and is enjoyable to be around. A people person is likely to be a good manager or team leader because of these qualities.

The delegator

When lower-level employees are given the opportunity to work on a group project, there will always be at least one who assumes the position of a leader. This person knows how to give constructive feedback and delegate tasks based on the team members’ strengths.

The adapter

This person learns very quickly and is able to adjust to any task or work environment. His or her intelligence and intuition will help in figuring out how to tackle a new role.

The decider

A person who is decisive and confident in his or her decisions is a great fit for a leadership position. The ability to choose a direction quickly and effectively is essential for a strategy-based role.

The ethical person

No matter what the employee’s role is, his or her actions are guided by a sense of ethics and integrity. This person won’t compromise his or her morals or try to get ahead at the expense of other colleagues.

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