We have a blind spot when it comes to Leadership Development. More often than not, the company’s Rock Stars get promoted from within to fill vacant or newly created leadership roles, but they aren’t prepared for their new position. Their own personal success doesn’t inherently translate into being an influential and trusted manager. The skills they need to become exceptional leaders can be taught, but why do we wait until people take on leadership roles to give them leadership development training?
Developing Individuals into Leaders
What if we were to turn leadership development on its head and focus on developing every individual at every level throughout the organization to create the companies next generation of leadership? If we want our Rock Stars to be ready to assume leadership roles when the need arises, we need to arm them with the communication skills that set them up for success as they move upward inside of the company. If the people who are elevated into leadership roles at the middle management level already have the skills to manage and develop others, versus having to learn those skills once they assumed a promotion, imagine the time, money and stress companies can save during cycles of change. If every member of the organization knows how to make clear requests, delegate, set up systems of accountability, have challenging conversations and effectively give and receive feedback, then everyone in the company, regardless of their job title, is a Leader.
Join us for our upcoming Cornerstones of Communication Workshop where we provide communication insight for managers at all levels.