My boss is looking to change jobs and wants to groom someone to take her position. We work closely together and I can easily do her job. She does not think I am right for her position because she doesn't like my people skills, decision making, or lack of degree. I think these are "made up" skills and I could do her job fine. I think she doesn't like me very much and needs to propel the importance of her job to make her appear more important.
They have posted a new position for her replacement. The job description says degree or equivalent work experience. I have all the qualifications. Also, the job is two pay grades higher than mine. I have been there five years and consider this a major blow. My style is one that I put out huge amounts of work and am critical to the success of our group. However, my soft skills are lacking but not enough to warrant being passed over for this promotion.
I will be required to train this person and that idea makes me very resentful. Should I start looking? or stay on board and see if this new person works out? We are a small office and I worry about losing the respect of my coworkers.