Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions people most frequently ask us:

How does Direct Leadership® relate to Organizational Position?

  • The LEADERSHIP DELIVERABLES described by the Direct Leadership® concept are inherent in any leadership position.
  • The Direct Leadership® roles, styles and the notion of leadership opportunities are tailored towards motivating, engaging and supporting  employees in successfully reaching agreed goals. 
  • If your direct reports are also leaders, Direct Leadership® provides a language to discuss the leadership deliverables needed vs their employees.

When you have direct reports, you need Direct Leadership®.

How does Direct Leadership® relate to Situational Leadership?

  • Situational Leadership (SL) was one of the earliest models that taught leaders to vary their approach to employees. 
  • Direct Leadership® was developed after the turn of the millennium and is particularly suited to the knowledge society and the current changes in how work is organized. 
  • The idea in SL is that the defining criteria in selecting an approach to an employee is each person's degree of competency and willingness om relation to a task. And if you have precisely identified these two factors then there is one best approach to interacting with him/her. 
  • Direct Leadership® tells the leader to catch and assess every leadership opportunity, select a style that reflects the leader's intention while keeping in mind everything the leader knows about the individuals involved. 

Situational Leadership may be a nice complement to a Direct Leadership® training but can never replace it. 


How does Direct Leadership® work in the new Agile Organizational Setups?

  • In recent years, partially as a result of the IT development, new approaches to organizing work have emerged (Agile/Scrum, Self-leading employees, Disruptive Organisations, etc.). Approaches that change the perception of where the responsibility for leading people resides. Sometimes leadership is carried out exclusively by the Scrum master during a ”sprint” period. At other times, employees are asked to be self-leading.
  • Direct Leadership® is a reflection of employee needs and the focus is on deliverables.
  • This means the responsibility for carrying out leadership can shift to where it is called for. 

Direct Leadership® is particularly well-suited for these new work formats.

How does Direct Leadership® compare with Leadership Pipeline?

  • Ram Charan’s book "Leadership Pipeline" focuses on a leader's career ladder which he describes as relating to 7 organizational levels. For each level, Dr. Charan describes a specific set of competencies. 
  • In organizations that are structured in accordance with these 7 levels, Direct Leadership®'s LEADERSHIP DELIVERABLES is an effective tool to operationalize each set of competencies and translate those into clear and consistent day-to-day leadership behavior

Direct Leadership® turns competencies - as well as personal skills - into clear and consistent day-to-day guidance of employees.

Why do you claim that the Direct Leadership® model and method is different from all others?

  • Direct Leadership® is unique in it's focus on LEADERSHIP DELIVERABLES.
  • This makes it operational as well as easy to learn and implement.
  • This is particularly useful in the modern agile work environments where many new "actors" are requested to carry out a share of the organisation's leadership efforts.
  • The leadership deliverables consist of 7 roles, 4 styles and a fundamental understanding of the nature of leadership work. These are tailored to emphasize what leader's need to emphasize and support among employees.
  • Other factors in how leadership comes across, such as the leader's personal skills and authenticity are outside Direct Leadership®'s immediate focus.

A Direct Leadership® training or test will typically reveal the specific development needs of the participant.


What training formats and languages can Direct Leadership® be taught in?

Direct Leadership® comes in many formats: 

  • Traditional classroom training
  • Online training
  • Online training with 1:1 coaching

And many languages: 

  • English
  • Danish
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Japanese
  • Indonesian

And there new tools in the pipeline!