Leadership – a strategic intervention

 

Leadership training is not just about developing individuals

Leadership training should not be seen as just a matter of developing individuals. The most powerful interventions focus simultaneously at the individual, group and organisational levels. The interaction effects between these multiple levels should be harnessed to achieve the maximum support for enhancing leadership. Consequently -

The best leadership training is a strategic intervention at multiple levels – individual, group and organisation.

Changing people’s behaviour and the way they see themselves and their work environment takes time. There will be “catalytic events” which stand out as critical points in individual, group and organisational development. But these kinds of changes do not take place overnight. Clients should be cautioned about expecting the “quick fix”. Rather, they should think in terms of six months or more. Consequently –

The best leadership training has an impact on personal and organisational development which takes time.

Too many training strategies focus on the one-day workshop – offsite. These have been shown to be of limited value. The highest impact training is on-the-job training alongside management and staff, which is customised to the particular requirements of the people in an organisational context. Consequently –

The best leadership training takes place within an organisational context and it should be should issue-based / problem focused.

Each leader is supported by a comprehensive follow-through Leadership Development Program that fosters leader growth and development. This support focuses on the establishment of individually customised Leadership Development Plans (LDPs). These plans can either be self-driven by the leader or produced through consultation with an Accredited Leadership Coach.

An Example of Leadership Development Strategy at Multiple Levels

  • Identify those group and individual behaviours which relate to desired outcomes
  • Assess the frequency with which the full range of leadership behaviours are exercised within the leadership group, and by individual members in the organisation
  • Provide structured feedback to leadership group members – individually, and appropriately at the leadership group level
  • Establish a leadership development plan for each individual
  • Establish an appropriate group and organisational development process
  • The leadership group feedback is about:
    • the group’s own self-ratings
    • how other people (in the organisation and beyond it) rate the leadership group.

Find out more about the Leadership Development Program here.

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