What’s in Your Leadership Development Kit?

What’s in Your Leadership Development Kit?

Customize Your Leadership Development

Leadership development is not a one size fits all proposition. To the extent you can tailor aspects of a development program to each individual, the more effective your results. Take a look at this detailed article 

“Integrating a diverse range of methodologies in your leader development program allows you to strategically customize the approach to individual needs and corporate goals for greater success. Leadership Development: Global Trends and Approaches. This white paper provides an in-depth discussion of trends in leadership development based on a survey of 650+ senior executives worldwide conducted by Right Management and The Conference Board.”

Leadership development has evolved considerably. Years ago, the focus was on the individual: up-and-coming executives attended classroom programs and seminars, striving for personal development. Version 2.0 was team-based development, which emphasized skills like communication, decision-making, and morale building. Version 3 find ways to assess and personalize.0 has shifted to collaboration; leaders are learning how to build and sustain relationships across organizational and geographic boundaries to achieve success in a global marketplace.”

One of my favorites steps is “mentoring.” As suggested in the article, this is particularly effective when your assigned mentor and the mentored candidate have a longer time frame to develop both their relationship and the development. While this longer term arrangement is not always possible, whenever senior management can orchestrate this mentor ship the results can be far superior.

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