Preparing the new generation of business leaders

Preparing the new generation of business leaders

Ensuring dissemination within the organization

The Leadership Program should take into consideration the whole organization and not just managers and / or executives. Involvement of the whole company is difficult in the today’s business environment. Leadership programs run for a short period of time, between a few weeks and a few months. They are sporadic and served with the tea spoon which makes it difficult for the program to keep up with the pace of change in organization priorities and leaders to be available to follow it. Companies that have designed 1-year leadership programs on all hierarchical levels with a consistent presence and technology-based learning methods have produced 6 times better results than those who have not done so.

Design the program to support learning

Each successful leader tells how he has developed and learned from addressing real issues in specific contexts. Leadership programs are designed based on very practical ideas. Such programs require participants to relate to what they have learned over an extended period of time and to practice what they have learned in their work within the company. Learning through a positive, person-centered and professionally developed method turns out very good results. Thus, capitalizing on the strengths of participants instead of using corrective approaches stimulates introspection and self-discovery, especially when encouraged with the help of coaching.

Sustaining change

Adapting company systems, processes, and culture to the leadership development is very important. Otherwise, all those learned by those who want to practice will encounter resistance and even reprisal from the company. Technology can help accelerate the change process. Blogs, video messages and social media platforms help leaders engage more people to facilitate understanding, create supportive beliefs, and constructive behaviors and skills within the organization. Performance management systems and feedback are also very important to sustain the required changes in leadership skills.

As the changes in business strategies and business models are speeding up, the cost of leadership development goes up. If senior management is concerned about the long-term performance of the company, then they really need to get involved in the success of leadership development efforts now.

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