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Why you need to build career paths for non-managers

Rich Hein | Dec. 2, 2014
In competitive markets, such as technology and IT, organizations that don't create career paths for both management and nonmanagement roles risk losing some of their top talent.

To get their feet wet in a management position without changing jobs or titles, mentoring newer or less experienced team members is one way to test a management candidate's leadership skills. "Providing guidance to these individuals instead of taking the reins shows a great deal of restraint and perhaps the making of a good leader," says Reed.

Project management opportunities are another area where the candidate can get a sampling of what a managerial role will entail. "These short-term leadership roles are a good time to gauge a potential managers' ability to delegate -- perhaps even despite their desire to take on certain tasks themselves - as well as act as a guide to employees working on the task. You will also get a sense of their ability to communicate effectively and become a resource to team members, "says Reed.


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