The Top Rung Leader's Considerations
Brian Weldy, Analyst, United States, Member
Mr. Johnson, I am about to complete my Masters and a great deal of my study has been in leadership perspectives. This is an interesting set of questions that you have posited.
First of all, I believe there is only a leadership ceiling within a given organization and situation. From there you move on to "bigger and better" things, namely, another top leadership position with a larger organization. How far you go is entirely up to you.
That being said and in response to your second question, if you reach the top rung in your organization and there is no more looking up then perhaps that leader needs to concentrate on looking back down and concentrate on his/her "rising stars". I personally feel that the greatest gift a CEO can give their management team is the benefit of their experience until they are ready to move on. If a "top rung" leader believes they are leading or managing in a labyrinth or maze, perhaps they need to reprioritize their perspectives.