I am sure that we have all heard people say: “promote me and I will show you what I’ve got”. That, of course, presents a pretty risky scenario for the Manager who is responsible for selecting the best candidate.
Instead, if the candidate discovered, or was shown, what behaviours and values were important at that more senior level, and started acting as if they were already in position, then it would take a lot of guesswork (and risk) out of the equation. In that scenario the Manager would be saying: “they’re ready, they are already behaving as if they are in the role.”
So where does the junior employee find out what is required? Well, they could read about it in a position description … but it would mean so much more if they saw those attributes being lived by me as their manager and leader.
And so, if I am setting myself for promotion, I should start behaving and working as if I am already in the role. On the other hand, if I am the Manager, I need to start modeling those behaviours and values that I want to see in others.