When I asked for a promotion, I was told by my boss that I act “outspoken” to be promoted
I’ve been working for a Fortune 500 company for over three years now and a new opportunity to take on a higher position recently opened up – thanks to a coworker taking a new role at another company. I personally think I’d be perfect for this role and was excited to talk with my boss about considering me.
My boss quickly shattered my hopefulness when she told me that I’m too “outspoken” for the role. My communication standards are apparently not up to part with what she is looking for because of my blunt attitude. Yes, I’m blunt and yes, I like to play devil's advocate and speak up. But in my honest opinion, in healthy companies, people debate issues. So is being direct seriously a reason to not promote someone? Shouldn’t that be a reason to promote someone? I don’t want to work for team members that keep quiet and do their jobs. I want people to question what I’m doing and vice versa. It’s how we grow.
I’m not in a place where I’m not only questioning my role but being with this company. Has anyone else received feedback like this before?