In April 2014, I was invited to speak at a conference about becoming an accidental leader, when you find yourself leading because it has to be done rather than by design or agreement. In preparing for the talk, I considered all the ways we can show leadership, and what that could look like. As the structure of the talk developed, it became clear that I was talking about patterns of leadership, and this evolved into a framework of capabilities and levels. There was a fair amount of interest in this at the conference, and subsequently online, so I committed to writing a series of articles that explored these capabilities.
Note: this is intended as a collaborative discussion, to continue the development of these patterns into an open resource available to everybody and contributed by anybody.
Each of these pairings deal with different areas in which there are opportunities to show leadership. The links will take you through a short series of articles on each pairing, describing some of my experiences in each area, what those guiding me suggested, and what I have discovered on the way.
The levels correspond to increasing capabilities in leadership rather than a sequence or path in which they might be learned or experienced.
I would love people to engage with this and contribute to developing this further.