Last month for the blog I talked about what it takes to become a manager, and at the time I thought it was only going to be one part. But in hindsight, I realized I still had so much more to say about becoming a leader, and I have some other things I wanted to say about being promoted.

I talked about a lot of the positive attributes we look for when we want to promote someone internally. However, I didn’t really go into the negatives a person might exhibit that could be blocking them from becoming a manager.

Now a lot of what I’m going to cover is going to be directed toward people who specifically looking to be promoted but have these negative habits.

Universally any of these traits are frowned upon in the workforce, and you should avoid them. It sets a bad standard if you let any of the people in leadership who represent your brand demonstrate any of these behaviors.

When you’re looking to become a manager, or promoted to more responsibility within a company, make sure you don’t demonstrate any of these traits.

A “That’s not my job” attitude

Obviously, everyone has their role where they work and specific talents they bring to their position. But it gets on my nerves when someone has the attitude of “it’s not my problem” and refuses to help their coworkers.

Anyone with this mindset is not suited to be in any management role. There are times you might not be able to help someone, but you should always support your team members and offering a hand if they need it.

Maybe they made a mistake or got in over their head. Maybe a family emergency came up, and now they’re struggling to complete an important task.

Don’t close yourself off and say “sucks to be you.” See if you can help them by either taking some of their work or helping them fix a mistake.

Even if you can’t do anything, sometimes even listening and offering emotional support can go along way. Your department should be there for one another and have your teammate’s back.

As I mentioned before in last month’s blog, you have to deal with everyone’s problems as a manager. A lack of empathy for others problems and workload is a sign you don’t have the right mindset to be a leader.

Being reckless with the company’s money

We all know owning a business is expensive. There are a lot of times where a department will have to spend money on certain products or taking the team out to lunch for a special occasion.

I love spending money on our employees and tend to be a little too extravagant with the department funds. But I don’t like seeing employees be wasteful with the company’s cash.

It’s a sign of respect to not abuse a company card if you have the privilege of holding one. You should ideally, spend that as if it was coming out of your own bank account instead of someone else’s.

If there’s a manager that’s continually buying lunch on the company dime, or is continuously exceeding their budget, it’s a red flag. I want my managers and employees to treat the company money with restraint and respect.

Of course, buying stuff isn’t the only money cost. Sometimes when it comes time for a department to develop a new product or hire a new person, there’s a cost involved. Before a manager signs off on a project or hires anyone, I want them to be able to give me clear numbers and be able to show they are not going to be wasting money.

Is what they want to spend time and funds on going to pay off in the long run? If they haven’t thought out the long-term investment of what they will be spending money on, then I don’t want them to pursue it.

Show up late, and leave early

I understand things come up where you may need to leave early for your kid’s event, or a friend’s birthday. Or maybe you were delayed due to an appointment in the morning.

Things happen, and of course, there are exceptions. However, if you’re always showing up late or leaving early, there’s a problem.

You shouldn’t be actively trying to skip your responsibilities or get by if you want to become part of leadership. People will take notice of your actions, and if you’re a manager that’s going to spread to the rest of your department.

If you don’t care, why should your team? At the end of the day, if you’re always looking to clock in late and clock out early, I wonder if you really enjoy your job that much. Perhaps it’s time to look for a job elsewhere where you will enjoy going to work.

Cause unnecessary conflict

Something that gets on my nerves is what referred to as “emotional vampires.” These are the type of people who leave you exhausted whenever you hang out with them. You feel your mental strength drained by their presence, and they are walking balls of negativity.

They are usually the people who always have something going wrong in their lives. They are always talking bad about someone or causing drama. These people will tear down any department they work in and make everyone else’s lives miserable.

Now the conflict is bound to happen in the workplace. I’ve been in meetings where voices were raised, and tempers were hot, but that doesn’t mean you let that simmer and become an issue.

You have to learn to work with people you disagree with, and talking bad about them behind their back or not working with them to resolve the issue. Don’t stoke the fire, work for peace.

This is especially true if you’re trying to get promoted. If you’ve got a complaint with someone, you need to talk to them about it and work it out, not gossip behind their back and talk bad about them. If you aren’t willing to even try to resolve an issue with a person, you don’t have a right to complain about it.

Watch your attitude

We all have bad days, you nothing is worse than working with someone who’s always having a bad day.

You don’t enjoy working with someone who always acts like if you give them a task, you’re inconveniencing them. Someone who never says anything positive about their job, or acts as they would rather be somewhere else.

To receive a promotion you have to show you’re offering something of value to the place you work, that you’re invested in their success. You can’t expect management to reward you if you keep expressing how much you dislike your job.

It’s okay to get frustrated; there are going to be moments where you have a rough week because of a client, or some other issues. But if you can work through it and not bring everyone else down, leadership will take note.

Final thoughts

Well, I hope you found this blog helpful. If you are seeking a promotion or want to become a manager, be sure to talk to your leadership. Be honest, and humbly ask if there’s anything you need to work on that might be preventing you from getting a promotion.

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