Intentionally Developing Leaders

For a number of years now, I've put the following list in front of executives who find they must develop their people, especially those leaders they want to retain.

Leadership development comes with the role of running an organization. If you don't make it happen, who will? It's reasonable to ask if you really are leading if you're not engaging in the shaping of others. This is a work that's never done. Continuous leadership education, especially as it relates to the current strategic arc of the organization must become a priority, even if it means putting some other initiatives in the closet.

This list is no surprise. The question is whether you've chosen one (several is better) and whether you are intentional. Need some help thinking and designing? I'd love such a conversation with you.

  1. Peer-based and executive advising
  2. Coaching
  3. Mentoring
  4. Experiential curriculum
  5. Built-in educational moments in the 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 conversations
  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

Using the above list with a senior team or board, here are some good discussion questions.

  • Which of the above is more individualized, which is 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?
  • What other observations do you have?
  • Your next step?

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Mark L. Vincent
Post by Mark L. Vincent
March 7, 2023
I walk alongside leaders, listening to understand their challenges, and helping them lead healthy organizations that flourish.