So, why don’t companies just provide more opportunities to more people? It really comes down to three things:
1. Managers - In most companies, managers are still the first line of input into who gets opportunities and their recommendations may be influenced by personal bias or self-interest.
2. Lack of visibility - Although many companies track performance information about people in a particular role, they typically lack visibility into broader capabilities or aptitudes - which brings us back to relying on managers.
3. Limited thinking - Opportunities to lead don’t require a promotion or changing to a new role but providing everyday leadership opportunities requires a new way of thinking and managing people.