POSTER: The Leadership Steps™

Step Up, Step Beside, Step Away

Leadership Steps™

Great leaders give away power and authority. But they don't give it out willy-nilly, nor do they hold on to power and control as long as possible. They follow clear steps to give authority as fast as people are capable of handling it.

At each step, great leaders know WHAT that step means, and they know WHY they are on that step. Knowing that tells them WHEN to move to the next step, and HOW to interact on the next one. The entire chart moves the WHO from you to them without chaos or confusion.

Use the chart below to make the path clear to everyone, and to inspire your team to step up and take ownership quickly. When they know that Stepping Away is your serious goal, they will fall all over themselves to make it possible. And that frees you and them.

Click the image below to open the Leadership Steps Poster in PDF format. You can also access it in JPG format. You may copy and share freely under the terms of the CC BY-ND 4.0 License.

Leadership Wallet Card

This chart is also available as a convenient plastic wallet card, by itself or in combination with the Levels of Initiative card.

Neverboss chapter ​ACTION items that relate to the Leadership Steps appear below it.

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Leadership Steps™ Poster - Neverboss

RELATED ACTIONS

CHAPTER: "Step Up, Step Beside, Step Away"

​ACTION: Use the eGROW Coaching Method

​eGROW is simple coaching that works for anyone. Use it the next time (and anytime) you Step Back, review progress, or help someone.

Ask one question at a time. Listen and discuss:

  • Encourage: "What are your latest victories?" (Encourage, don't praise. See p. 203 of Neverboss for the difference.)
  • Goal: "What is your goal?"
  • Reality: "What is the current reality?"
  • Obstacles and Options: "What obstacles do you face?" "What options do you see?"
  • Way Forward: "What do you intend to do?"

Starting now, watch for coaching opportunities. If someone is stuck or you need to discuss their progress, try these steps. Then ask yourself: How did they respond? How did it feel?

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Kevin Crenshaw
 

Kevin, our approachable CEO, is the author of NEVERBOSS: Great Leadership by Letting Go. He's also a consultant, keynote speaker, Rapid Turnaround CEO, and creator of both Hands-Off Leadership™ and Total Relaxed™ Organization. He loves people, leadership, coaching, speaking, tackling tough problems, and physics, but not usually all at once.