Leadership for Life – Developing New Leaders

By on October 17, 2013
Developing New Leaders

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Great leaders know that leadership development within their organizations is a key element of future success. Creating and nurturing a leadership pipeline is an important aspect of organizational success. The object is to plan for the future, not just let the future come galloping over everyone.

We know that the toughest time for new leaders is that transition period, when they’re just getting into that new position, trying it on for size, and learning the ins and outs of the new job. It’s a stressful time for new leaders, and if they’re learning strictly on the job, it’s even more stressful. Leaders should be getting training before their next promotion. They need to know the expectations of the new job – they need to know what success in the new job looks like.

How do we know who has the potential to move up the leadership ladder? Anyone identified as having leadership potential should undergo some assessments to identify their leadership strengths and what areas need development. Their strengths need to be reinforced. The identified areas of development need to be strengthened through training in a variety of formats over a period of time.

One of the benefits of leadership development is to increase the engagement of those in the pipeline. If your people know that they’re being groomed and developed for leadership, they will redouble their efforts to be successful in what they’re doing now. So don’t keep it a secret when you’ve identified your future leaders. It shouldn’t come as a surprise when someone gets promoted. They should be anticipating the promotion and be trained for it.

The object is to develop a cadre of new leaders who can hit the ground running, and not burn out along the way. New leaders need support as they enter and pass through the pipeline. Mentoring and coaching should be built in elements of the process. Taken together, the elements of leadership development include communication, execution plans, clear accountability, skill development based on the strategic needs of the organization, alignment with other related systems, and clear metrics for success.

The Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College are experts in preparing leaders for new responsibilities. Call us at 314-539-5329, or get in touch with me directly at bschapiro@stlcc.edu.

About Barry Schapiro

Barry is the Workforce Solutions Group Practice Leader for Leadership and Professional Development. His experience includes delivery and management of business training in a variety of industries, with specialties in leadership, team development, generational diversity, and customer service. Twitter

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