The Quality of the Person Above you is Key for your Progress

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Management Consultant, France

The Quality of the Person Above you is Key for your Progress

One thing I learned during my business life is that if you want to progress in any organization, the quality of the person above you is key.
True managers/leaders will think of helping their team members develop and grow, whereas many conventional managers/leaders will not.
Also, a true manager/leader will be ready to "lose" their best team members, allowing them to pursue their career in the fast lane. A less 'altruist' boss will try to keep their more qualified team members, because he/she may fear the loss of that person will have a negative impact on the team as a whole.


Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Important Observation in Career Development

Yes! Thank you Daniel for adding this excellent tip.
What you say may sound simple and straightforward, but I estimate that over 99% of the people are either unaware of the significance of the quality of the person above them, or they don't act upon it when they consider a switch to a new job or role.
Never mind your exact salary, forget the brand or type of your company car; the quality of your manager (!) should be a more important criterion to accept a job or let it go by.

Sam Cookey Jr
CEO, Nigeria

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Very good point indeed Daniel. But it is almost impossible to find such a "leader" in government ow... Sign up

Professor, Ukraine

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I agree with Daniel that the most common reason for leaving a job is the manager to whom they report... Sign up

Accountant, Italy

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It has an impact I agree, but your progress depends also on your ability to not be affected by exter... Sign up

Iraklis Goniadis
Business Consultant, Greece

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Working for smart people for a high salary is the best, for less pay could be an investment to your ... Sign up

Alfredo J Ramirez
Business Consultant, United States

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Quite a statement by Daniel! This is a recurring theme in consulting to management. Whenever you sta... Sign up

Aynette Carrion
Manager, Puerto Rico

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The greed to be first in the field seriously affects the relationship of many leaders with their wor... Sign up

Professor, Ukraine

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I agree with Alfredo. There are very few people among us who are "immune to the continuous flow of f... Sign up

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

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