Q&A: Why Do High Performers Fail to Get Promoted?
High performers fail to get promoted because they’re making the company money exactly where they are. It’s as simple as that.
Say, for example, you’re in a sales position, and you’re fantastic at your job. Why would they want to bring you into a management position where you’re not bringing in that revenue?
This, ultimately, is a short-sighted way to look at the situation, but it’s still an extremely common attitude. The right way to look at it is to recognize that drive and put it to good use within the core operations of the company. If you, as a manager, are able to bring that high performing employee into your inner circle, make them feel like part of the team, and recognize their contributions, that employee has the potential to bring even more value to the team in a leadership position. It’s all about recognizing the long-term value vs. the short-term revenue.
Unfortunately, many managers don’t realize this, and if you’re stuck in a company that doesn’t realize your value, then maybe it’s time to find one that will.