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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: When you get passed up on a promotion, what’s the next step? is written by Edward Fleischman, chairman and CEO of The Execu|Search Group.

Getting passed up for a promotion is frustrating, but it doesn’t mean you should leave the company out of anger. Instead, consider learning more about your manager’s decision. First and foremost, it’s important to accept the decision calmly—don’t let your manager see that you’re upset. Take a deep breath, go for a walk around the block or go out for lunch so you have some space to process the news alone. After you’ve taken the time to unwind, write a list of qualities you like about the company. Maybe you work well with your…

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