There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment – and you start to decline.Andy Grove, former CEO of INTEL
Transitioning into a Level Two leader role is an increase in both breadth of influence and depth of both technical and business knowledge. These leaders are, or are about to become, heads of business units, corporate functions or centers of excellence. Such leaders are integral to their organizations because they translate strategy into operations, directly influence the culture, and have the best opportunity to prepare the organization for dramatic change. Their results are measured in the efficiency and effectiveness of the business and in how they develop the bench of future leaders. These are the future Executive Team leaders.
Essential capabilities for this level include:
- Agility to anticipate needed change and prepare the organization to quickly adjust
- Resourcefulness to overcome barriers to the achievement of objectives
- Thinking “across” the organization rather than a singular focus on one business unit
- Building an expanded network inside and outside the organization
- Functional expertise and business acumen
- Understanding how strategy is developed and implemented
- Engaging and developing talent through formal and informal interactions
- Inspiring and motivating others
- Holding others accountable for results
- Building strong client relationships
Level Two leaders are at the center of the organization’s ability to execute on the strategy and operating at peak efficiency and effectiveness. This is also the pipeline for future senior leadership and there is a high ROI on investment in their development.
Level Three Leadership: For senior executives