For an economy in turmoil and a Talent landscape constantly in flux, it's not uncommon to have a perceived or real shortage of Talent. The horse trading through Cadre building programs and the perceived threat of losing Talent is often enough to buy into the philosophy of ' if we don't promote, someone else will'. This has lead to a series of collateral reactions like promoting undercooked candidates up the Leadership pipeline, changing designations to sound really senior and substantive and prematurely pushing Talent into Leadership positions to cater to aspirations, dreams without sometimes doing enough to fortify the dreams with Preparation.
Everyone's favourite analogy of Change and Evolution is the Caterpillar metamorphosing into the incredibly beautiful Butterfly.
What we don't know or refuse to consider is the painful transformation process as the caterpillar loses its limbs, turns blind, its stomach rips open and many turmoil- filled days later, emerges the butterfly!!
Now consider pulling the partially created butterfly from the ripped stomach of the caterpillar prematurely- in the hope that you can have the butterfly at your pace?!!
Pre-mature Promotions are similar in nature because we have perhaps not had a system or the opportunity to provide the candidate adequate exposures before taking on Leadership positions.
Power before competence sets off a Vicious Cycle of underperformance- often of undesirable behaviours which can ironically make the Organization a poor magnet for good Talent.
Now what must you do if You are that undercooked incumbent who got the job before learning the chops?
Success is where Preparedness meets Opportunity - so make the most of the Opportunity- and don't forget the Charm.
That is the most enduring quality of a Leader- capturing hearts, winning people who enjoy being lead by You!