So, you’ve been to the Leadership Development program run by your organisation or a university.
You have the folder, the electronic materials, even a certificate of attendance.
You’ve been assessed, interviewed, monitored, evaluated, tested, fed-back to.
You have formed some new associations to follow up with as your career continues to unfold.
You have been back at work for a while, endeavoring to find ways to introduce the tools, models, structures, processes and techniques you learned.
(You most probably have found by now that engaging your significant others at home regarding what they need to know or do as a result of your attendance at the Program is fraught with danger and very patchy results!)
You sit quietly every now and then and reflect kindly on some of the speakers, presenters and facilitators and in occasional moments also reflect on your leadership and what it means to you and the world you live and work in.
A famous song by Peggy Lee has the lines:
Is that all there is?
If that’s all there is my friends
Then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball
If that’s all there is
Leadership development is often a tool for managements to make assessments about the capability and potential of new and emerging leaders. It serves a purpose. It provides insights, tools and techniques for keen participants to pick up.
But while participants may be keen or merely compliant, the cost and efficacy of Leadership Development Programs in building real Leaders is a cause of considerable debate and much concern by organisations that seek to build ongoing leadership capability improve writing and writing skills
. If “all there is” is a warm feeling about doing a program and developing data for succession plans without actually improving organisational results through the application of great leadership, there really are problems. Put another way, the problem is this: there is little evidence that they build leaders or increase practical
leadership in the everyday life of organisations as they face the challenges and opportunities of fast paced change.
Formal programs and even mentoring/coaching arrangements after programs are not, of themselves likely to produce as much as their sponsors hope or providers promise.
Emerging leaders and even seasoned leaders seeking to continually learn and build their capability need the opportunity to reflect, increase their self-awareness, build their leadership identity, practise leadership skills in a safe environment, develop their personal leadership plans and goals, learn from others’ real experience in the field.
Opportunities to engage in these activities are fundamental to success.
The Leadership Foundation stands in the unique place of providing opportunities for real leaders to develop real leadership. At regular monthly meetings either at a central venue in Brisbane or in-house in organisations:
They get to reflect on what’s working and not working for them at the moment.
They get to explore new ways to uncover leadership insights for themselves and to develop that in their followers.
They get to take whatever leadership identity they developed for themselves through courses and programs to new levels of insight.
They get to experiment.
They get to practice and debrief their particular approaches in short practical scenarios.
They get real feedback on issues they are dealing with in high impact speed coaching sessions
The Leadership Foundation is a community of leaders that have decided that leadership is not an individual pursuit, it is an ongoing team event where within any given leadership moment experiences are drawn upon, courage is called upon, decisions with intention are made and action happens. These four key elements are not only drawn from an individual, they are collated from and supported by a team of people made up of leaders and followers.
If you are interested in building your leadership capability to the next level with the support of a leadership community, come to an event at The Leadership Foundation www.theleadershipfoundation.com.au. You will be warmly welcomed!
Or call Ben Baldwin on 0400 743 170 to plan the next steps for your personal or organisation’s leadership.