Have you ever felt that you have more management talent than you're being given credit?
You may be the leader in sales production, the most effective trainer, the one everyone comes to for the answers to the tough questions, but not the manager who is getting the recognition.
From my experience, judging a person's leadership talent is often overshadowed by the same person's ability, or lack of, to master time.
Continually being late for work, late for meetings and leaving the impression that these things are not important or not manageable may be more detrimental than one might imagine. What does it say about a manager that cannot organize his or her life to meet these obligations?
For ease, let's name this person, Jos. A. Manager. Joe has been a driving force in the business, his people are highly motivated team players, the profit margin produced by his team is among the top, his customers are highly satisfied. It would seem that Joe would be next in line for a promotion.
Yes, from those who know him well, it would seem so. What about the others? The corporate leaders may have a totally different perspective. A majority of them have gotten to where they are now, in large part, by being overly organized, extremely disciplined, and experts of time management. They could possibly view Joe as nonexistent as far as upward mobility. They may have classified Joe by his middle name, A, meaning Average. So Joe Average Manager is passed over for consideration. His excellent talents are smothered by his lack of focus on managing his time more effectively.
Is it fair? Probably not.
Is it reality? You tell me.