Our basic concept of leadership is represented by an upside down pyramid. The management functions support the respective employees situated above them in their tasks. The topmost level consists of the value-creating employees.
All activities and decisions should be oriented towards an outcome where the value-creating employees can provide optimal performance. These decisions can be made by a variety of different stakeholders (see figure).
The value -creating employees belong to different functional clusters, depending on their respective career paths (see figure). The functional groups arranged at the top are supported by the ones below them as efficiently as possible in providing optimal performance.
Depending on which career path employees are striving towards, they develop their own professional characteristics throughout the years and thus rise in the career ladder in a given time window.