Every leader I know is extremely busy getting their job done. At the same time, they also realize that investing effort in their own leadership development is good. The problem is that when faced with a choice, work seems to always trump personal development. Everyone runs fast and hard, and personal development is put off as executives wait and hope for a break in the schedule. Force yourself to develop – this evolution will make you more productive and more effective leader in the long run.
Leadership Development is essential to the success of an organization. No matter what measure you use, companies with effective leaders execute better, and deliver more powerful, tangible business performance. Leadership development refers to any activity that enhances the quality of leadership within an individual or organization. These activities have ranged from MBA style programs offered at university business schools to action learning, high-ropes courses and executive retreats.
There are 6 kids to leadership development:
- Learn new information.
- Build new relationships.
- Organize colleagues who share a common interest.
- Take time to plan and review your day.
- Create new feedback mechanisms for yourself.
- Restructure your responsibilities.
There is no magic formula for leadership development. It is a process that requires an investment of both financial and human capital. Directors and employees are the lifeblood of your organization. They are your organization. Investing in their capabilities, if done properly, can only strengthen the foundation upon which your organization is built.