Some leaders are more successful than others because they add appropriate skills and experiences as they move up the leadership hierarchy. Not to do so can leave them ill prepared for the challenges the job at the next level may require. These successions are referred to as passages. A passage represents a change in one’s organizational position—a different level and complexity of leadership.
Five general passages are identified:
Leading others. Level 1
Leading managers of others Level 2
Leading a function/discipline/sector. Level 3
Leading a business (a set of functions) Level 4
Leading an enterprise (a set of businesses) Level 5organizational position—a different level and complexity of leadership.
The challenge for an organization is to
(1) make sure that people in leadership positions are assigned to the level appropriate to their skills and experience and (2), adequately prepare these leaders to succeed at the next level. This module
clarifies the path to do so.
As a result of going through this module, a coach will be able to assess the level of experience of their leadership client. The coach and leader together will be able to identify key experiences a leader needs to acquire to advance to the next level of leadership. Together they will be able to identify the experiences a leader already has had for the next level(s) that contribute to their candidacy for passage. They will be able to identify if certain supporting skills or experiences at their current level are missing making them candidates for failure.