It's Official: Promoting Leaders From Within is the Best Approach
Research shows growing your own talent works
While it might occasionally be true that a great leader can lead anywhere, hard skills definitely matter. A 2015 study published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review found that having a highly competent boss -- one who excels at "ability to get the job done" and "employee development" -- has by far the largest positive influence on employee job satisfaction.
As the researchers write, "If your boss could do your job, you're more likely to be happy at work."
You're also more likely to be happy if your boss was promoted from within, rather than hired from the outside. A recent Joblist study showed that nearly 70 percent of respondents prefer to be managed by an internal hire, a seasoned company vet who "climbed the ranks," than an external hire.
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