It is a truth, generally accepted, that there is not just one type of leader. But let’s expand on that thought. In addition to different types of leadership, I think it’s very reasonable to consider that the capabilities of leaders are on a continuum… that there is a progression over time.
We look at movement along this leadership continuum in three phases:
As leaders’ move along the continuum, the context in which they use their core leadership skills evolves and broadens; so too should our expectations – the habits we expect to see in our leaders should reflect where they are on the continuum. As an example, here, leaders at all levels are involved in Goal Setting… but the context and what is driving their motivations and decisions changes:
So, in considering the development needs of those leading in your organization, it is really important to consider “where” they are leading to support the development of the habits at this level.
Here are some more examples of how leadership goals evolve across the continuum: