In a recent workshop with Lutheran church leaders from the Chicago area on leadership development, we emphasized the following:
- Leadership development is part of the task of current leaders. If they do not do it no one will. If they do not do it, then it is a reasonable question whether they are actually leading.
- Leadership development is never done. Continuous leadership education -- especially brief educational items that relate to current agenda -- must be a priority, even if other items need to be delayed.
At the conclusion of the workshop we offered these 10 reliable leadership development initiatives. Choose one! Choose several! Be intentional!
- Peer-based advising
- Retreats that use experiential curriculum
- Built in educational moments in agenda for boards, standing committees and staff teams – especially when applicable to real agenda
- Common reading/discussion
- Off-site educational events with team participation
- Customized/individualized learning plans, with supervisory
- Succession as standard measure of success – key to building a leadership development culture
- Strategic and organized choices to deploy a combination of the above. – also key to building a leadership development culture
- Which of the above are more individualized, which are more oriented to groups?
- Which ones seem the easiest to deploy in your situation?
- Which ones are already in use and how might you strengthen them?
- Which ones would be good for you to add?