Climbing down the corporate ladder

Many of us keep climbing that corporate ladder because we think that once we get to the top, all things will simply bend around us. We will become the most important thing. We will be king of the mountain. We will get that prime parking place. In fact, the proper orientation of the ladder is downward. Like the game chutes and ladders, but in reverse. Every promotion means we should climb down. Why? We get low because that’s where humility resides. We get low so we can get under our people to help support them. We get low so we can get closer to the core of our business. And we give our close-in parking place to the person on our team that could really use it.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on November 12, 2018

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