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How Authentic Is Your Leadership Development?
CLOs may already know who they want to pull into leadership development programs, but it pays to include high potentials at lower levels to add cultural and business performance value.
For some time, the efficacy and utility of authentic leadership, emotional intelligence and other similar skill sets in the workplace have been considered secondary, soft skill conversations. However, contemporary leaders who openly embrace conscious and authentic leadership styles such as Kevin Wilde, chief learning officer at General Mills, Jeff Weiner, CEO at LinkedIn, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, are re-envisioning effective principles developed by forerunners such as Bill George, formerly of Medtronic, and Daniel Goleman, father of the emotional intelligence theory.For organizations looking to promote authenticity in their leadership ranks, it is important to create a strategy that incorporates clear objectives and outcomes at each phase of leadership development: include ongoing assessments; adopt flexible progression pathing — the road to the C-suite often consists of a series of lateral, upward movements; align leadership strengths and skills with organizational needs and strategies; and tie it all into strategic HR planning. With this integrated foundation, all leaders, whether a technical lead, a manager or a vice president, have a clear development roadmap that engenders loyalty and supports individual and organizational success. Without a clear and integrated strategy, these same leaders may flounder and prematurely leave an organization. Or, they may stay but lack the necessary experience and skill to make critical leadership decisions. Either way results in a leadership gap that reduces employee engagement and retention, increases on-boarding costs, promotes loss of institutional knowledge and diminishes the quality of products or services, all of which limit an employee’s ability, and correspondingly an organization’s opportunity, to generate maximized and sustained revenue and growth.Authentic Development Is Everyone’s Business
In a 2009 white paper, “Developing a Leadership Strategy: A Critical Ingredient for Organizational Success,” William Pasmore of the Center for Creative Leadership said that developing leadership strategy is an iterative process that is a creative mix of logic and art. The days of passively awaiting sequential directives from executive leadership are gone. In today’s dynamic workplace, each person is responsible for demonstrating leadership within the context of his or her environment, regardless of title or role.
Better Learning Outcomes in 2014 - Focus Learning On Jobs, Skills and Required Outcomes
March 20th 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET
2014 CLO Breakfast Club, Atlanta
March 20th - 20th, 2014Loews Atlanta Hotel
Spring 2014 CLO Symposium
March 30th - April 2nd, 2014The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
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