In our previous blog we highlighted the need for leadership and the why most companies have severe difficulty in producing the type of leaders they need. While some of the causes are somewhat beyond one's control, one of the reasons cited was that very few companies have a successful succession program. Another contributing factor mentioned was that companies sometimes have an oversimplified picture of what leadership is and tend to use a cookie-cutter approach to leadership development. In view of these and other challenges, one of the recommendations we made was to ensure that a proper and relevant leadership framework is in place.
One such a framework, is The Leadership Pipeline, first popularised by Charan, Drotter & Noel in the early 2000’s.
What are the basic principles on which The Leadership Pipeline are built?
The need for ‘Leadership’ is the single most important business need around the world and will be, for at least the next 12 to 18 months, according to global research by Josh Bersin (1).
Yet, only 13% of companies worldwide considered themselves better than most in providing appropriate leadership development interventions. In fact, only 14% of respondents felt confident about their readiness to address the gap between importance and urgency according to this research.
Many traits make a great leader- integrity, strength of character, vision and tenacity. But nothing signifies leadership quite like impactful speech and wise words. Here are some of our favourite quotes from leaders throughout history.
- "No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it."- Andrew Carnegie
- "Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion." --Oprah Winfrey
- "Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.” - John Maxwell
- “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
- “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”- Harry S Truman
- “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” - Nelson Mandela
- "Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand." – General Colin Powell
- "A leader is a dealer in hope." – Napoleon Bonaparte
- "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." –Steve Jobs
- "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." – President Abraham Lincoln
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About the Author: Kirsten Helm is a Psychometrist (Independent Practice) registered with the HPCSA. She is working as a people management consultant at Competence SA. She loves working as part of dynamic team and under inspirational leadership.
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