Recently I heard the term “leave the ladder down” in regards to leaders mentoring and bringing employees with them as they climb the corporate ladder. There are so very few leaders who are willing to invest time to help their people move into higher-level positions with more responsibility and the accompanying pay and benefits. Managers and executives seem to be more interested in how they can get themselves promoted while caring very little about the success of those down the organizational chart.
In our society’s ever increasing desire to earn and accumulate more, many business people not only don’t leave the ladder down, they kick employees down who try to climb up for more opportunities. The thinking is to rid potential competition so there will be more rewards for those at the top. Obviously, this is seriously flawed thinking.
As a leader, take notice of those around you. If people who worked for you over the years had to resign to find other opportunities, you likely didn’t leave the ladder down.
Therefore, I present a challenge to all leaders: leave the ladder down. Bring people with you on your journey to higher levels of success. It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top.