What strategies should organizations use to develop leadership? One of the best questions I have heard is leadership
for what? Leadership of field staff, project teams, departments, large business units, or the whole organization? Different
strategies need to be developed based on expectations of leaders, on skills required, based on opportunities. One strategy
on leadership development simply will not work at multiple levels of an organization. Leadership development requires multiple
strategies and needs to be linked strategically with the business strategy.
are some examples of leadership strategies?
Rotating leaders through development positions every 3
years to broaden experience
Funding 5 people to attend executive education programs every year to keep management
Hiring 20%of new management postions so that we bring in new ideas
Reviewing succession planning
and leadership development activities to ensure alignment with business strategy
Providing all first line managers
with a basic leadership course
Requiring all managers to report on the development coaching of their direct reports
Supporting 2 action learning teams per year
Fostering a coaching culture by using peer coaching as well as
one on one coaching to that employees are supported in their development needs
These kinds of strategies, and the resulting
execution, need to be customized for each organization to ensure that the right leadership development is created. What is
good for one is not always a "best practice" for another organization.
Do you need a little help with your leadership
development strategy? First look to your business strategy, then align it to what you need your people to do as leaders. This
will point you in the right direction to manage your talent effectively and ensure the leadership development activities you
support will give you the outcomes you desire.