The answer to this question is…of course!
Many of these leaders rise through the ranks of technical organizations where they are one of the many who are just like them. Many technical professionals have the drive and motivation to lead an organization. Sometimes, they just need encouragement and coaching.
As organizations create succession plans they need to teach/encourage these potential leaders to:
- Speak up and voice their ideas and opinions.
- Take risks as they take on more responsibility.
- Learn about the entire organization outside
- Promote themselves appropriately.
The advantages of promoting technical professionals are many. Your organization’s investment in their development will be one that pays off in numerous ways.