Our potential for advancement in a perfect world would be less dependent on our personality than on how well we do our job. This is impossible because of human nature. Some personality types are more likely to be offered better jobs than others… and these six are often ignored when it comes time to promotion.
Good communicators are often rewarded with positive attention by their supervisors. If your definition of “good communications” includes spreading rumors or gossiping with coworkers, you won’t be a good candidate for more responsibility and a raise in your pay.
Effective employees will go above and beyond to satisfy their managers whenever possible. However, those who are weak-hearted and unable to say no or take on more responsibility are not the best choice to lead the company.
Employees who refuse to listen to their colleagues and are always complaining about their circumstances without trying anything to improve it, or who seldom have a positive word for anyone or anything in the office, are unlikely get the sympathy of their managers. This makes it less likely that they will be promoted.
Being a “team player” is about taking responsibility for your errors and looking at your weaknesses from a realistic perspective. If you make yourself look like a victim and blame others for your mistakes, it will be difficult to gain the trust of your colleagues and, in turn, your supervisor.
Tantrums should not be tolerated by anyone older than five years old. However, some employees don’t realize this and have a tendency to vent their frustration on innocent coworkers. Management with severe temper problems can create a culture that is fearful and has a negative impact on worker performance.
Employers want knowledgeable workers who are open to learning and willing to share information. If you constantly correct your coworkers and insist that your ideas and strategies outperform theirs, and otherwise show that you think you are the smartest person in your office, you will probably withdraw from your direct coworkers and from your supervisors. This will make it difficult to get promoted.