Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University, states, “Management is the practice that has to blend a good deal of craft (experience) with a certain amount of art (insight) and some science (analysis)… We need balanced, dedicated people who practice a style of managing that can be called ‘engaging.’ Such people believe that their purpose is to leave behind strong organizations, not just higher share prices.” Today’s best leaders want to live their legacy, not just leave it behind, and in order to do so they need development opportunities which help them and their teams to explore both the ‘doing’ and the ‘being’ of leadership.
Here are just a handful of the situations in which leadership development can be tremendously beneficial:
1. When a leader is new to the position or role. Nothing like starting off on the right foot! Leaders in transition will learn the fundamentals they need for success.
2. When a leader is at any stage of their career. Leaders at all levels can benefit from an infusion of new thinking, energy and motivation and from honing or developing their interpersonal skills, e.g.: personal styles, emotional intelligence. This is an area that has traditionally been thought too “soft” and there is a real need for higher levels of self-awareness, self-development and self-management.
3. When a leader and his/her team must embrace and implement regulations and legislation surrounding bullying, harassment, discrimination, and psychological abuse and resolve complaints related to these conflicts.
4. When a leader is running on empty; by learning to manage their personal energy, not their time, they can begin to engage more fully and perform more effectively.
5. When a leader is accountable for developing his/her team and need to know how to be connoisseurs of talent through the use managerial-coaching skills and staff development.
6. When a leader is working in situations that require even greater levels of collaboration and partnership – which is seemingly everywhere now!
We expect great things from our leaders; giving them the tools and development opportunities they need, helps them and their teams deliver real and sustainable results.