The Ascent of a Leader addresses how ordinary relationships develop character and influence as leaders. Two ladders are described.
The first is the capacity ladder where leaders strive to get ahead regardless of the cost. Relationships serve to benefit the leader ascend to a greater position.
The second is the character ladder where an environment of grace exists. It is a ladder where character is developed and emphasized in leadership. Relationships thrive because people feel safe to express their views, even when mistakes are made.
The book provides a number of powerful suggestions to assist in leadership development.