Yes! But separate the the flow of “information” from the flow of “authority”. Information should flow freely, but authority follows the hierarchy. Separate these two concepts. If you do not, information flow will likely be restricted to the same channels as the flow of authority, thus creating barriers to the flow of information.  

An easy way to think about how to use the Ladder of Leadership is to imagine the steps as a way to Pause, Rewind and Fast Forward. Watch David explain in this week’s Nudge. The Ladder of Leadership with the seven steps is sometimes complicated and hard to remember. “Oh, is this step three or...

Use the Ladder of Leadership to both set and measure the level of empowerment in your team. It is both a thermometer and a thermostat for the language of empowerment. As many of you guys know, I was a math geek and an engineer. So there’s this geeky engineering-like substructure behind Intent-Based Leadership and the Ladder of...

At Level 6 on the Ladder of Leadership decisions are made by the people doing the work without your involvement. Leaders put into place the structure that pushes authority for decisions to those with the information. Let the people doing the work make the decisions about the work. Learn more by reading this blog post: Use...

Use the Ladder of Leadership to move from a permission-based team to an action-based team that takes ownership and gets things done. It’s a magic tool. I don’t want to over complicate this idea of Intent-Based Leadership. It’s really very, very simple. Every time someone comes to you and says, tell me what to do,...

Operating at Level 5 on the Ladder of Leadership benefits your work environment. When intent is stated before the action takes place, there is a high level of transparency, communication and ownership. Acting at level 6 and 7 is actually less psychologically safe because we can only comment after the action has occurred.

What’s the Difference? What is the difference between “I would like to” and “I intend to”? Watch David and Wilbert explain. “I would like to” is asking permission. If the boss doesn’t say ok, things stay stagnant. In Intent-Based Leadership, the person who says “I intend to” is indicating three things: 1. They feel they...