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:
And there new tools in the pipeline!