Who gets ahead in the firms they work for?

Aug 16, 2023
1 min read
Business people

These are the most important qualities that decide who gets to move up as firm leaders, managers, and future owners.

Anyone who knows me can tell you I have been working with owners of AEC businesses and other businesses throughout my entire professional career.

The individual decisions firm owners make on a daily basis of who to move up and who not to affect their companies and every single one of the people who work in their firms. I personally had to make these kinds of decisions in every business I ever owned or ran. These decisions get even more difficult if you are trying to decide who you will let buy into your business.

These are the qualities I look for in people I am going to depend on to be leaders, managers, and future owners:

  • Character. Does the person try to do the right thing? Do they pay their bills on time? Are they ethical? Any evidence that they are “ethically challenged” is a huge problem for me. It’s bound to cause problems later if someone doesn’t know right from wrong. Even the smallest indication of lying or cheating in even a small way is a problem. For example, more than once I have had people tell me about a car they owned that I know never existed (like a “Ferrari 304,” or a Chrysler product with a “427 Hemi”), and I know I am dealing with someone who is a liar.
  • Respect for other people’s time. People who are routinely late for meetings or appointments and don’t mind keeping other people waiting show a lack of respect for other people’s time. That’s unacceptable. I vastly prefer those who get there early and are prepared and don’t keep other people waiting.

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