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Not changing deeply-rooted perceptions that may be holding you back

Rightly or wrongly, how you are perceived has a huge impact on whether or not you'll be promoted to the C-suite. Whether intentional or not, your actions over time and in the context of your organization's culture combine to create a widespread impression of your leadership skills and capabilities. However, many managers don't realize the need to change these perceptions through not only developing, but also displaying critical skills to key decision makers in their organization.

"Managers need to be aware that they won't fundamentally change perceptions unless people can see them doing something new and then share their observations with others within the organization. In some cases a move to a new assignment within the company may be required," said Mr. Beeson. "Look for activities that allow you to demonstrate the skills needed for advancement. For example, with your boss's help, you can get named to a company-wide project which can help broaden your perspective and showcase your skills in influencing and persuading others."

"As much as companies say they want to develop future leadership talent, most do a poor job of specifying the requirements for advancement. As a result, many managers operate under false assumptions about what's needed to get ahead," said John Beeson, succession planning and organizational development expert and author of The Unwritten Rules: The Six Skills You Need to Get Promoted to the Executive Level (Jossey-Bass, 2010 ) . "In this environment, those who leapfrog to a higher level realize that they need to tease out deeper feedback and make adjustments not only to how they approach their work but also how they display their skills to key decision makers."

This slideshow highlights the five executive promotion killers identified by Beeson.

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