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In the business world, promoting employees with exceptional technical skills to leadership roles is often a common practice. Unfortunately, this transition doesn’t always go as expected. We often face the dilemma of losing an excellent technician and gaining an ineffective supervisor.

Why does this happen? The answer lies in the lack of preparation and proper evaluation of leadership skills.

This situation is even more crucial in the Hispanic community, where cultural expectations and work dynamics can further complicate the promotion process.

“Recently, a company owner called me to share a revealing experience. He had promoted one of his Hispanic employees to a supervisory level. This employee had a long history with the company and knew all the technical aspects of the business. However, once promoted, he began to struggle to resolve conflicts with other employees. During our discussions to address this issue, we estimated that the owner spent around $30,000 in lost work hours resolving conflicts. This expense not only represented a significant economic loss for the company but also prevented the owner from focusing on more profitable projects.”

It’s understandable that organizations seek employees who have demonstrated deep technical knowledge and a long history with the company to take on leadership roles.

However, it’s essential to understand that technical skills don’t always translate into effective leadership skills.

The ability to solve complex problems or master a particular discipline doesn’t automatically guarantee the ability to lead, motivate, and manage teams.

One of the main mistakes companies make is underestimating the importance of training and developing leadership skills before promoting an employee to a supervisory role.

Just because someone is an expert in their field doesn’t mean they have the necessary skills to inspire, motivate, and guide others.

The transition from being a team member to being their leader requires a completely different set of skills and competencies.

Additionally, it’s crucial to recognize that age or tenure in the company are not infallible indicators of leadership aptitude. Often, organizations fall into the trap of promoting older employees simply because of their longevity in the company, without properly evaluating if they possess the necessary leadership skills. 

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This can lead to situations where a younger employee with less technical experience but solid leadership skills might have been a more suitable option for the position.

The lack of preparation and evaluation before promoting an employee to a leadership role not only has consequences for the company but also for the employee themselves. Many find themselves in a position for which they are not prepared, which can lead to frustration, stress, and ultimately, leaving the company. Additionally, the presence of an ineffective supervisor can create a toxic work environment, leading to talent loss and decreased productivity.

To address this problem, organizations must adopt a more holistic and balanced approach to promotion. This involves not only evaluating an employee’s technical skills but also their leadership skills and ability to manage people and conflicts. Additionally, it’s crucial to provide ongoing training and development to Hispanic employees who are promoted to leadership roles, to help them acquire the necessary skills to succeed in their new role.

In summary, promoting employees with exceptional technical skills to leadership roles without proper evaluation and preparation can result in the loss of a good technician and the acquisition of a bad supervisor. It’s essential for organizations to recognize the importance of developing leadership skills in their Hispanic employees and provide the necessary support to those who take on supervisory roles, to ensure the success of both employees and the company.


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