BLUF: How can one identify traits early in working with an employee that would lead to a high caliber manager material?
I've read the following recently http://moz.com/rand/if-management-is-the-only-way-up-were-all-fd/ and it got me thinking. Historically I've looked at management as a set of disciplines not anything magical about being a manager. Additionally I've tended to promote high potential individual contributors because they show the ability to execute and lead and if they can exercise the discipline of management then they'll be a good manager. However, there seems to be people (and maybe dark corners of my brain) that suggest that mediocre individual contributors might make good managers, and if so, how do you identify that early?