Developing Quality Leaders Matters More Now Than Ever!!
- According to the Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report:
- 89% of organizations view leadership as an important or very important challenge
- Organizations need to explore new approaches to leadership development, focusing more on quality or rigor, having a foundation of research and assessments of needed leadership thinking. As organizational design shifts from a structured hierarchy to a network of teams, leadership needs shift.
- The quality of leadership plays a critical role in the health of an organizations culture…it is EVERYTHING! Every experience of employee interaction with a leader generates a belief about the workplace culture. The quality of your leaders determines the health of the organization, the employee experience of the culture on a daily basis, and ultimately employee wellbeing.
- Several research studies have linked the leadership styles of “Bad Bosses” to high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, increased risk for heart disease and heart attack and even unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, excessive alcohol use and overeating.
- Employees with abusive supervisors quit their jobs at accelerated rates; and those stilled trapped working for a boss from hell have:
- Reduced productivity and commitment to their employer
- Heightened depression, anxiety, anger, irritability and burnout
- Difficulty concentrating at work
- Sleep disturbances
- Reduced job satisfaction
Consequently, the organization suffers with increased costs associated with turnover, absenteeism, and distracted and impaired individual performance. Additional factors to consider include legal and HR management costs.
The worst way to change culture is to focus on changing the culture. Focusing on developing quality leaders is one of the best ways to influence and guide culture change.
Leadership Development Framework
Successful organizations in the 21st century reconsider how to develop leaders to manage change. Effective leaders are able to create the conditions to allow others to be empowered towards achieving goals and obtaining results. However, it requires doing self-work to be able to effectively support and develop others.
The following is a 4-step framework for effective and sustainable leadership development:
- Enhancing Self-Awareness
- Building Effective Thinking Skills
- Developing & Fostering Quality Relationships so Others Can Grow
- Grow the Organization
Within each step are unique considerations for three main levels of leadership within your organization (keeping in mind that EVERYONE in the organization is a leader – whether formally or informally):
- Executive/Senior Leaders
- Mid-Level Leaders/Managers
- Informal Leaders
(Source: Salveo Partners, LLC)