As someone trying to move from an individual contributor role into management, I'd like to ask:
[b]Which factors had the greatest impact in your promotion to management?[/b]
Here is my list, in order of importance, gathered from experience and learning:
1. Outstanding performance in my current position, including asking and looking for tasks with leadership potential.
2. Excellent relationship with my boss. This includes communication regarding my career goals.
4. Interpersonal skills and a solid network inside the company. A mentor in management is a big plus.
5. Continuous education. This includes company classes in soft skills and/or getting a degree such as a part-time MBA.