It’s outstanding that leadership development training has taken off in the past decade

It’s outstanding that leadership development training has taken off in the past decade.  Some say this has to do with a large number of baby boomers expecting to retire in the next 15 years.  Companies are looking to identify individuals within their organizations that have leadership ability or the will to do so and develop them.  Hiring from within is desirable as the employee will already have a unique understanding of the company.  The “over achievers” are usually scoped out first as the management team already knows that they are willing to go above and beyond to get the job done at a moment’s notice.  It’s not just the ability to complete a task in record time; it’s about their knowledge, skills and behaviors they display with their peers and upper management teams.  In training these individuals, the following strengths are built upon before they take an official leadership role:

1)       Influencing ability

2)       Coaching team members both constructively and positively

3)       Problem solving

4)       Leading

5)       Planning strategically and creatively

6)       Being adaptable and approachable

7)       Communicating

8)       Making decisions collaboratively

9)       Effectively managing change

A number of organizations are reviewing their current leader’s performance and identifying those who need additional training and those who should not be in a leadership role.  Leadership training conferences are put in place for the high level leaders that need additional training and have proven very successful.  Some companies opt to not send their employees to a conference, but to have training in house.  This may include a guest trainer.  The bottom line is to keep their employees in the company atmosphere while learning and applying their new education on the spot.

I feel one of the best ways to ensure you have the best leadership team around is to put the education out there for them to grab.  Some leaders like the pay but hate the job.  They won’t step down and are not an active participant in training.  What do you do?  Put the training out there for them to sign up.  There are many leaders that sign up to learn additional skills and those who wish to become a leader and want the training.  The current leaders who opt not to sign up are those who should be monitored closely.  It could be that they were great leaders at one point, but lost the will to perform the job.

When a leadership development training seminar comes your way, take it!

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