Featuring Sherry Edwards, manager of organizational development, on promoting based on leadership skills rather than top technical performance.
“It’s not necessarily innate that people know how to develop other people, delegate appropriately, how to motivate and inspire,” says Edwards. “We found that many technical leaders will fail as a people leader…they end up overwhelming themselves because they are the technical expert.” To choose the best leadership candidates, Edwards guided Superior Essex to pilot Manager Ready®. “Feedback…was, Wow! The assessment was eye opening to them,” Edwards says. “That is helping this pilot group of people change the direction that they’re headed as people managers.”