Do you have to develop new skills in order to be promoted?
This great piece of research suggests a rather different view. My take on it is that to succeed in your career there are some core skills/ competencies that you need to be:
a. Aware of, and
b. Capable of demonstrating
c. Possess from day one.
The key to success is recognising when to deploy these traits - and which will take precedence as your role evolves up the corporate ladder.
I would highlight three vital supplementary traits- "Know thyself" recognise "Emotional intelligence" and "Be nice."
All these cost nothing!
From our analysis we conclude that there is some logic to focusing on distinct competencies at different stages of development. But, more fundamentally, it shows us that there are a set of skills that are critical to you throughout your career. And if you wait until you’re a top manager to develop strategic perspective, it will be too late.