From “Tell me what to do” to “I've been doing…”: practicing the Ladder of Leadership

It's easy enough to say that we should encourage everyone to be a leader, it's much harder to actually engage in the specific behaviours to do it.

The Ladder of Leadership is a model from David Marquet and Steven Covey that represents different stages of leader-follower interactions, from "I'll tell you what to do"/"Tell me what to do" to "What have you been doing?"/"I've been doing..."

This workshop introduces the Ladder and is an opportunity to practice different stages to help you to both recognise problems with leader-follower interactions and learn how to respond to turn them into leader-leader interactions.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  1. 5 minute introduction to Ladder of Leadership
  2. 5 minute introduction and instructions for exercise
  3. 40 minute - multiple rounds of scenarios - pairs or small groups
  4. 10 minute debrief and Q&A

Learning Outcome

  • Familiarity with the Ladder of Leadership model
  • Some practice with how different leader-follower interactions look and feel

Target Audience

People in leadership roles; people interested in learning about leadership

schedule Submitted 5 years ago