There's a millions things that go into a decision on succession, who gets the promotion and other spoils of career advancement.
I'm here today to talk about one of those things - being an alpha.
I was reminded of this as I watched Hard Knocks, the series on HBO that follows a single professional football team in training camp. The coach of the Oakland Raiders, Jon Gruden, spent over 5 minutes in a recent episode evaluating backup quarterbacks, with a job in the NFL on the line.
Both quarterbacks were equal. What did Gruden want most? He wanted one of them to stop being passive/blending in and start taking charge, directing others and being vocal - and he was telling them as much.
In other words, he was equating leadership with alpha qualities that are visible in nature.
Most managers are looking for the same thing when it comes to promotional decisions, especially in spots that manage others. All things being equal, alphas get the nod.
That's not you? You might need to fake it!!! Or at least understand you have to summon your Alpha in select spots.
You may not be a natural alpha. That's OK. Just understand that if you're in a competitive spot with others, sometimes succession and promotions are decided by observing who naturally asserts themselves in fluid situations.