From that first ripple, the process is to repeat this throughout the organisation in ever-expanding circles. The specifics on how to do this vary for every organisation depending on size, structure, culture and other factors. However, the core elements of Cascading Leadership remain consistent, being:
- Begin by anchoring on “slow down to speed up”, as there are no shortcuts here, yet the ROI of a deeply engaged and aligned organisation is immense.
- Next, there is no “which comes first, Engage or Align” in this method, cascading is iteratively building both.
- Cascade outwards, take the time to create ever-expanding ripples from that first pebble.
- At each “ripple” stage, share the Vision to Engage, then give true space for input into the iterative process, while also asking what this means to them and how they feel they can best help the organisation achieve the vision.
As you can see, by slowing down to speed up, by iteratively engaging, aligning, engaging, aligning, this is a method of trusting everyone in the organisation to add their value to the vision and how it will be achieved, with ever-expanding ripples growing strength from everyone in the organisation from that first pebble from the leader.
How might this work in your organisation? Every organisation is different, every iteration of the cycle will vary. If you are ready for cascading leadership, I’d love to talk to you about the possibilities for you and your organisation.