Best Western CEO: Why you should never get promoted too quickly


The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question “What advice would you give your 22 year old self today?” is by David Kong, CEO of Best Western International.

Looking back on it now, I accomplished quite a bit when I was 22: I received my bachelor’s degree, completed the management training program with the biggest hotel chain in Hawaii, and began working as an assistant manager for a large hotel in Waikiki. My main focus during my early 20s was to move up the ladder as quickly as possible.

Growing up in Hong Kong and witnessing the work ethic of my parents, I understood the value of hard work. As an immigrant, I recognized that I had to work harder than others to get ahead. So that’s…

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