Leadership development programs are often overlooked and underfunded, leaving potentially great future leaders without the training or mentorship they need for a smooth transition to leadership roles.
“Life is Difficult.” proclaimed best selling author, Scott Peck, in the opening line of his book, The Road Less Traveled. This concise statement, sums up the great journey of life, with simplicity and truth. In fact, any worthy journey is filled with setbacks, challenges, questions and doubts — particularly if you have a specific destination in mind. The great opportunity we have in this human experience is to confront these challenges with an authentic investigation of our ability to press on toward the prize, and our energy to continue on in the pursuit of our desired destination.
Organizations of all sizes and global locations, among diverse workplaces, across a wide variety of industries are wrestling with ways to improve the way they inspire, lead, and analyze performance. While new standards for Continuous Performance Management (CPM) are becoming more widely embraced and used in organizations today, some of the core practices of how to effectively lead and influence others toward performance excellence remain steady and true.
Like the great Rosetta Stone broke through language barriers, Leadership in Context could prove to breakthrough leaderships development barriers in the workplace.
Your role as a leader has a major impact on the lives of the people you are attempting to lead. In his book Achieve Leadership Genius, Dr. Drea Zigarmi describes leadership in a variety of contexts. One of the most critical contexts of leadership is practiced in the One-to-One relationship between a leader and the people that report directly to them. The One-to-One context of leadership is the most written about and discussed topics in the world of of leadership. Generations of research have been poured over in trying to understand the nature and best practices of leading individuals toward common objectives.
Executives at your organization will inevitably leave your company at some point in time, whether through traditional attrition, retirement or simply to change places within your company. The question is, do you have a plan to replace them? Do you know how important succession plans are?
In a recent study, 83% of organizations said it’s important to develop leadership at all levels, but only 5% have implemented development programs. Of the 5% of developing leaders, many of them find themselves falling short of expectations.
When we think of what makes a great leader, many adjectives pop into our heads: honest, focused, passionate, respectful, persuasive, confident. One of the most underrated aspects of leadership, though, includes a firm grasp on psychology. When leaders can understand beyond just the symptoms of issues i.e. reasons employees are procrastinating, or coming up short in their deliverables every week, showing up late and so on, we can adjust the way we address and coach them long-term. This is more than just recognizing a problem in your team, addressing it and calling it a day. This is taking a look at your team, understanding the core of rising issues, addressing them, but also addressing the way you are running the office.
What makes top employee training programs “top” material? The question poses many different perspectives on the subject, but the one that stands out the most is how the best employee training programs become so great. What goes into their creation? Their development? Their implementation?
You’re already painfully aware that you need amazing leadership in your company. After all, with Baby Boomers heading into retirement in droves (about 10,000 a day), you are keenly attuned to the fact that leadership impacts succession planning, growth, retention and so much more. But with the changing shifts in the workforce and accelerating demands on everyone’s time, how do you develop leaders from employees?