Leadership Pipeline - Explained
What is the Leadership Pipeline?
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Table of ContentsWhat is the Leadership Pipeline?What is the Leadership Pipeline Model? What are the Stages of the Leadership Pipeline?
What is the Leadership Pipeline?
The leadership pipeline is the creation or generation of a supply of company leaders who are prepared and ready to assume higher (leadership) roles in an organization.
What is the Leadership Pipeline Model?
The leadership pipeline model, by Drotter, Noel and Charan, argues that long term, management should build, develop and maintain a pipeline of skilled, prepared leaders from within the firm by undemanding the demands of management positions and understanding what changes in time application, skills and work values are essential for making the transition from one leadership stage to the next.
What are the Stages of the Leadership Pipeline?
There are 6 Passages or Stages in the Leadership Pipeline.
From Managing Self to Managing Others. People enter this stage when they demonstrate they are skilled individual contributors and they have the ability to collaborate with others.
- Change in Time Application: These people must learn how to reallocate their time so that not only their own assigned work is completed, but also they help others perform effectively.
- Change of Skills: Shift from doing work to getting work done through others.
- Change of Work Values: From valuing their individual work to valuing managerial work.
From Managing Others to Managing Managers.
- Change in Time Application: In this phase, managers must only manage. They need to divest themselves of individual tasks.
- Change of Skills: The key skills they must master during this transition include selecting people to turn passage 1, assigning managerial and leadership work to them, measuring their progress as managers, and Coaching them.
- Change of Work Values: Learn to hold first-line managers accountable for managerial work rather than technical work.
From Managing Managers to Functional Manager.
- Change in Time Application: Participating in business-team meetings and working with other functional managers. Creating a functional strategy that enables them to do something better than the competition. Develop a sustainable Competitive Advantage within their function.
- Change of Skills: Develop new Communication Skills and being able to manage some areas that are unfamiliar. Learn to consider other functional needs and concerns. Teamwork with other functional managers and compete for resources based on business needs.
- Change of Work Values: Adopt a broad, long-term perspective.
From Functional Manager to Business Manager.
- Change in Time Application: Allocating time to think is a major requirement at this level: Managers need to stop doing something every second of the day and reserve time to reflect and analyze.
- Change of Skills: Business managers are responsible for the bottom line. Rather than consider the feasibility of an activity, a business manager must examine it from a short- and long-term profit perspective.
- Change of Work Values: Value the success of their own business.
From Business Manager to Group Manager.
- Change in Time Application: From running their own business to succeeding indirectly by managing and developing several businesses and business managers.
- Change of Skills: Be able to:
- Evaluate strategy in order to allocate and deploy capital.
- Develop business managers.
- Develop and implement a Portfolio Strategy.
- Assess whether businesses have the right core capabilities to win.
- Change of Work Values: Derive satisfaction from the success of other people’s businesses. Appreciate managing a portfolio of business.
From Group Manager to Enterprise Manager.
- Change in Time Application: Set direction and develop operating mechanisms to know and drive quarter-by-quarter performance that is in tune with longer term strategy. A subtle shift from strategic to visionary thinking, and from an operating to a global perspective. Let go of the pieces, and focus on the Whole. Assemble a team of high-achieving, ambitious direct reports, knowing that some of them want his job.
- Change of Skills: Ability to manage a long list of external constituencies proactively.
- Change of Work Values: Learn to value Trade-Offs . Appreciate managing one entity.