Leadership development is the process of creating an environment that places a priority on learning the skills and knowledge that grows the organization both financially and spiritually. Leadership development refers to activities that improve the confidence of leaders by strengthening their skills and abilities. Leadership programs vary hugely in cost, complexity, and style of teaching. Coaching and mentoring are two forms of development often used to develop & guide leaders.
According to an Article published by Baldwin and Ford (1988) on the transfer of Training: A Review and Directions for Future Research, the success of leadership development is influenced heavily by the level of support and acceptance from superiors, quality of the program, and the characteristics/learning style of the person being developed.
Also, sometimes people differentiate between leader development and leadership development, the former focuses on individuals and the latter is used while referring to development programs that focuses on collective leadership in an organization.
Besides one should always keep in mind that Leadership development is a standard process in succession planning, which aims to produce high-calibre leaders to take over senior positions when they become vacant. Usually, only high-performers are identified for these leadership development programs, which may be broader and longer than the programs focusing on tighter end-goals.
Why Leadership Development?
Jeffery Pfeffer (1998) in The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First notes that Japanese production plants provide 700% more training on Leadership Development, among other exercises to first-year new hires than their U.S. counterparts do.
After that, they offer more than twice the amount. Besides, training is not just about technical skills, but also the type you will find in leadership programs, such as general competence and organizational culture. The point Jeffery brings out is that they usually plan to keep their people longer, thus the need to help them grow and develop.
Laurie Bassi (2004) makes a similar case with her research on How to Improve Your Organization’s Return on People shows that U.S. firms that invest more in Leadership Development and other training programmes outperform their counterparts in the stock market. And while the direction of casualty is hard to prove, she believes her data points to the training causing the performance rather than the stock performance leading to more training because the firms were already providing the extra training before their stock rose.
Furthermore, even the employees or workers demand more training when they have the influence to do so. For example, when programmers were in massive demand during the Y2K problem, many were required at least 80 hours of training per year, not only in new programming skills but also in leadership and management skills.
Leaders Define the Success of Your Organisation
For organisations to grow and deliver value in today’s competitive and volatile environment, having leaders who know how to execute their company’s strategy flawlessly and get the most out of their teams is a crucial success factor. A Successful Strategy Execution is the one that demonstrates how companies with exceptional leadership skills significantly outperform their peers.
Effective leaders have the right mindset, leadership skills, and behaviors to make their company thrive. Naturally, the best way to engage leaders and develop their skills for success is through targeted leadership training. Thus great leadership programs offered by us utilise experiential learning and are tailored to the organisation’s specific context.
Our Approach to Leadership Development
Confidence Speak explains how people learn and change through lived experiences. With this as our backbone, we try to create behavioral changes using a systematic approach to:
- Leave problematic behaviors in the past and focus on identifying and creating the new desired behaviors.
- Provide knowledge, skills, and practice to enable the development of new “mental maps” that become “hardwired circuitry” over time.
- Enable learning by using a questioning approach that facilitates self-insight instead of focusing on giving advice.
- Drive intentional repetition and practice these new behaviors to create fluency and sustainable change.
Owning Your Room – One-to-One Leaders Programme
As a leader in today’s business landscape, it is not enough for you to only inform and communicate messages. So, to improve your skillset or for more professional development –
You must connect emotionally with your audience,
You must build trust and communicate authentically, and
You must engage and inspire them.
We at ConfidentSpeak apply the principles of excellent stage performance to the business stage to help you achieve this.
Imagine yourself instantly improving and transforming your unique style, only by understanding and controlling your voice and body deliberately. What would that mean for you as a leader and for your business success?
So, whether you need to influence key stakeholders, connect with staff, or deliver a keynote to hundreds of people, we give you the confidence to enjoy doing so with our highly recommended Owning Your Room Programme.
ConfidentSpeak is a specialist S.T.E.M Communications & Coaching Consultancy based in Dublin, Ireland. We work with leading Irish and international companies and executives at home and abroad. Contact us for details on our range of corporate/private programmes for executives, sales teams and technical professionals.