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10 Leadership Development Initiatives That Work

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Mar 24, 2014 5:30:00 AM

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!

  1. Peer-based advising
  2. Coaching
  3. Mentoring
  4. Retreats that use experiential curriculum
  5. Built in educational moments in agenda for boards, standing committees and staff teams – especially when applicable to real agenda
  6. Common reading/discussion
  7. Off-site educational events with team participation
  8. Customized/individualized learning plans, with supervisory
  9. Succession as standard measure of success – key to building a leadership development culture
  10. 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?

-mark l vincent


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