As a leader one of my key responsibilities is: to develop the people who work with me; to push them to new heights; and to develop the next generation of leaders.
It’s true to say that not all of the people who work for me will become Leaders, but it is also true to say that they will all benefit from being developed in this direction.
Developing leadership skills isn’t a 1-week training session.
It’s an ongoing process, which we need to be fully committed to.
From my perspective a Leadership Program needs to include:
Whilst defining the Leadership Culture you want to create might sound difficult, in fact it’s fairly simple.
Most organizations want exactly the same leadership culture, which you can find in most leadership books, but you probably already know it.
Most models include:
The problem is that in many companies they just talk the talk and don’t walk the walk.
Often the leadership culture then becomes just a reflection of the leader, which may be created subconsciously rather than consciously.
Here are some of the benefits of setting up a leadership program are:
Developing leaders is a major undertaking, but the benefits really outweigh the costs and efforts involved.
You end up with an organization where the leadership truly understands the importance of leadership.
You also have a common language and a common approach, which helps to communicate the goals and objectives and create a winning culture, with increased teamwork and ensures that we are all pulling in the same direction.
It also means that the leadership burden is shared between the senior leadership team and the leader.