Leadership development is one of the most important investments you can make in your organization’s success. Unfortunately, there are many ways to do it poorly. The results are lost time, money, credibility—and worst of all, poorly trained leaders. In this episode, Jennifer Mackin, author of Leaders Deserve Better, gives you the roadmap to effective leadership development. There are a handful of principles you can use right now to build a better leadership development strategy (and partner effectively with leadership development experts who can help transform your business).
Leadership Development that Works
2:53 – Traditional leadership development doesn’t work. How Jennifer recognized this and why she wrote Leaders Deserve Better.
4:54 – What we mean by strategies that “works” – simply put, it means leaders are ready.
7:09 – The paradox of training customer-facing roles, but leaving training until after people have these roles (if even then).
11:12 – Why leadership hasn’t changed, but training needs to evolve.
13:36 – The need for development to be leader-led. You can’t outsource your leadership training. It’s the responsibility of every leader in your organization.
17:30 – How the senior leadership team can get started with leader-led training.
19:44 – How your people strategy must flow from and be visibly connected to your core business strategy.
22:16 – Clarifying that “leader-led” doesn’t mean that every leader is a trainer. It means responsibility and ensuring people are growing and have a development plan.
28:10 – Why people development is a leader’s job, and the benefits to overall team performance and time management when you do it well.
30:41 – Effective leadership development is practical and applied to day-to-day work.
34:51 – Next we discuss how the most effective leaders take responsibility for their own development.
38:46 – How you can get started and take practical next steps to build a strategy that works.