Danger of Leadership Pipeline
James Hebbard, Management Consultant, South Africa
I agree with you, however remember that this model is primarily focused on developing leaders from within the organisation. Leaders who will one day (hopefully) be the CEO or part of the executive management team. It is a leadership developmental tool, not a remuneration (pay-levels/grades) tool, or a career path tool. It must also be realised that it is very dangerous for a company to create the perception with their people that the only way to get a raise is to "climb" the leadership pipeline
, especially if it is not what they want to do in the first place. Often the most damage is done when "specialist managing self" individuals become managers of others, both to the company (best person doing the job is removed), and to the individual ("forced" to move into a position they are not prepared for, or actually want).