Hiring managers from within your own ranks is generally a good idea, but it’s easy to confuse length of employment as the leading qualification and miss seeing other key traits that are more important.
If you’re willing to not default to first-hired-first-promoted management practices, there are some key traits to look for in an employee you’re considering for management.
1. They are already a de facto manager.
There are some people who seem to be natural leaders. If you notice someone that other employees tend to go to for help or answers, those employees have unconsciously signaled that they trust their leadership and problem-solving skills.
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