Accelerate leadership readiness by using the Leadership Pipeline concept

 2015-11-12

Climbing the corporate ladder

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?

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7 Reasons why you don't have the leaders you need

LeadershipThe 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.

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10 Wise quotes from leaders throughout history

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.

  1. "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
  2. "Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion." --Oprah Winfrey
  3. "Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business.” - John Maxwell
  4. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
  5. “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
  6. “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
  7. "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
  8. "A leader is a dealer in hope." – Napoleon Bonaparte
  9. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." –Steve Jobs
  10. "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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How to know if you're ready for a coach?

With the rapid changes in the world of work, the demands are increasing and becoming more complex. In order to cope or even stay ahead of these demands whilst being satisfied, you need to adapt to the ever-changing world of work. And let’s be honest, ultimately it is your responsibility to manage your career.

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Group dynamics and how to influence them

Group dynamics investigates the psychology surrounding group behaviour and interaction. The basic belief underlying this field of study is that the whole is more complex than simply the sum of its parts.

The dynamics are created by the nature of the team’s work, the different personalities on the team as well as the environment within which the team operates.

Teams can either make or break a company culture and either enhance or cripple performance.
Here are some basics about how to create and maintain a cohesive and productive team.

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