Books Slideshow: How to Know If Your Employees Are Management MaterialBy Dennis McCafferty | Posted 05-15-2012
How do they compensate for blind spots?
Everyone has them. But do they recognize them?
Do They Chat with People?
If they take time out of their day to learn from others, that's good. If they only interact when they want something, that's not so good.
Do they communicate with tact?
Good managers know that the rank and file should be addressed differently than the C-Suite.
Do they take action once they make decisions?
It's one thing to talk a big game after plans are made, but do they follow-up with results?
How broad is their experience?
We all love IT wizards. But strong managers bring a wide variety of experience to the table.
Where do they fit in the big picture?
Assess whether they make efforts to work with colleagues and managers across departments.
How do they react in crisis situations?
This is a time to convey inspiring leadership, not panic or insecurity.
Can they say no?
If they can say no to a higher-up and present a compelling case, it's an asset.
Can they explain what you do to an outsider?
Demystifying technology for others is an essential IT skill.
Do they get the big picture?
Candidates for promotion should be aware of how the day-to-day contributes to the organization's goals.