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5 Levels of a Leadership Pipeline

Leadership is the influence and ability to mobilize and inspire people towards a common or greater purpose. A leadership pipeline is a helpful tool to asess and gauge where you are in your leadership. The leadership pipeline is great for senior leaders to develop and grow leaders within your organization.

You have influence over yourself at the very minimum, and you hold more influence than you anticipate. Think about your friends. If a random stranger suggests you try a new restaurant, you might go or might not. If your best friend recommends a new restaurant, there is a far greater chance of you eating at that restaurant. Why is this so? This is because your best friend has more influence in your life!

There is a degree of trust that you have, and you are willing to follow their advice. We all hold more influence than we realize, and great leaders know how to use their influence for themselves, others, teams of people, other leaders, and even organizations.

Here is how we define leadership per each level of leader:

Leading-self: The influence and ability to mobilize and inspire yourself towards a common or greater purpose.

  • Think about it, we have really good ideas and thoughts all of the time, but how many times do we put these into action? Having the information and the knowledge to lead does not make us good leaders. Being able to lead yourself is the first level of leadership.
  • Leading-self is applied to every area of your life, but a simple question to ask is, “Would I want to follow me? Am I the example I want others to follow?

Leading Others: The influence and ability to mobilize and inspire others towards a common or greater purpose.

  • The second level of leadership is leading others. No matter your title or position, you are demonstrating the capability to lead others towards a common or greater purpose.This is the most common degree of leadership. You are leading yourself and others informally.

Leading Teams: The influence and ability to mobilize and inspire teams of people towards a common or greater purpose.

  • You are now in more of a formal leadership position or stage capable of leading teams of people towards a common or greater purpose. This is not limited towards your career.
  • This level usually tests and demonstrates your skills to delegate, practice team-building, conflict resolution, and move-away from the “doer” stage.

Leading Leaders: The influence and ability to mobilize, inspire, and multiply leaders towards a common or greater purpose.

  • There is an additional stage moving beyond leading teams and when you start to lead leaders. You become influencers of influence. This is a highly productive leadership state where you begin to see the leaders below you lead teams and others to a common or greater purpose.
  • The law of multiplication applies to leaders of leaders. Your leadership produces inspiration, motivation, and empowerment for others to take ownership of their individual leadership roles.

Leading Organizations: The influence and ability to mobilize, inspire, and multiply organizations towards a common or greater purpose.

  • One of (if no the) highest levels of leadership is to purposefully lead an organization to a greater purpose. There are multiple levels of organizational leadership, but for this course we will end with this level as the highest.
  • The reason organizational leadership is the highest is because at the senior level of leadership, you are leading all of the above.

The multiple levels of leadership matter because for a foundational leader, you have to have a real and honest assessment of yourself and your leadership skills. This is important to understand so you can grow deeper and wider in your leadership. A foundational leader must have his or her bearings of where they are at so they can move forward.

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