|Did a promotion you really wanted end up going to someone else and you aren’t sure why you got passed over?
There’s a variety of explanations for not being promoted. Maybe the position was re-imagined and you weren’t seen as the right fit. Maybe you didn’t make your case strongly or clearly enough. (Did you come right out and ask, following up the conversation with a dynamite written pitch that reviewed your strengths and elaborated on your goals for the position?)
And, of course, in in some cases bias, unconscious or not, is to blame. According to a recent Lean In survey, promotion rates for women lag behind those of men, and the disparity is largest at the first step up to manager—for every 100 women promoted, 130 men are promoted.
Not nice numbers!
But there’s another possible explanation that’s important to be aware of.
It could be you weren’t promoted because you haven’t done enough to stand out from the pack.
You need to dazzle your boss, and that involves doing more than what you’ve been told to do even if you’re doing that super well. You should be generating big, bold, sometimes badass ideas, as well as working on key projects that drive profitability, fuel the success of your department and company, and get you noticed.
Fair enough, but it could be that those kinds of projects are going to others.