Best Practices of Leadership Development Efforts

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Being a leader is not easy and it requires time and patience to master the role. When leadership skills are lacking, organizations suffer with:

  • Vague goals and unclear direction
  • Poor communication
  • Unproductive meetings
  • Lack of progress and innovation
  • Low trust
  • High internal conflict and dysfunction
  • Robust leadership development can address these issues. Recognize the value of development of people and understand that success isn’t sustainable without great leadership at all levels.

An effective leadership development program ensures that participants are able to embrace the following practices. Developing these abilities in your leaders will benefit them, their team, and the entire company.

Listening Skills – Leaders fail because of a lack of interpersonal skills like listening. There is nothing worse than business leaders thinking they are leading well, only to find out from their people how wrong they are. In your leadership development program, use employee feedback to improve the self-awareness of your leaders.

Welcoming Creative Thinking – To improve progress and innovative thinking, leaders need to be able to encourage discussions to bring out the best ideas to make the company better. Inspiring employees to contribute and seeing to it that their ideas acted upon will bring huge benefits to the organization.

Setting Expectations – An inability to set clear expectations is a huge roadblock to achieving goals. As leaders, it is important to provide clear and succinct desired outcomes for the team and organization. Providing direction will motivate teams and keep them on track.

Consistency and Sincerity –Inconsistency erodes credibility, builds distrust and stifles momentum. Leaders need to learn to be consistent and sincere in what they say and do. They need to be able to focus on their action and be worthy of someone their team can emulate.

Much of the real true development of leadership skills take place on the job. Provide opportunities for reinforcement and coaching to ensure what is learned in training can be applied.

If your organization is ill-prepared to develop your leaders in these areas, let Talent Curve prepare your team to lead successfully.