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Leadership Without
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Podcast with David Dye

How to Choose Who You Promote into Leadership Roles

How to Choose Who You Promote into Leadership

by | Jul 16, 2021 | Podcast, Winning Well |

Who you promote into leadership sends a clear message of what matters most in your culture and business. Promote leaders aligned with your culture and you build momentum. Get this wrong and you’ll undo all the good you’ve done. In this episode, you’ll get two essential criteria to examine when considering who you promote into a leadership role.

How to Choose Who You Promote Into Leadership

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4:13 – Today’s question is a follow-up to our last episode with Scott Mautz where we discussed Leading from the Middle. Brandon asks about the role middle managers and senior leaders play when they promote people into leadership roles.

6:59 – The vital role a manager plays for every employee. Your entire business is experienced through a person’s leader.

7:51 – The first criteria to examine when deciding who to promote into leadership is motivation. There are 5 Ps of leadership motivation. The first three are power, paycheck, and pride.

8:53 – When leaders take the job for these first three motivations, they’re bound to struggle because these areas of focus don’t involve their team.

9:42 – As you look at motivation, look for potential leaders who focus on the purpose of the work and their people. These motivations last and provide more influence.

10:39 – Next, after motivation, look at a potential leader’s ability. Specifically, do they do their core work credibly? Can they influence without formal authority? Do they use power judiciously? Are they able to have difficult conversations when needed?

12:04 – How to find candidates with healthy leadership motivations and ability.

 

David Dye helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. He’s the President of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. He’s the award-winning authors of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and hosts the popular Leadership without Losing Your Soul podcast. David is a former executive and elected official. David and his wife and business partner, Karin Hurt, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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