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THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE

March 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Industry News

What is leadership?

The dictionary definition of leadership is:

  1. Ability to lead, guide, or influence people.
  2. An act of instance of leading; guidance or direction.

Lead, guide, influence and direct.

Leadership competencies have remained the same throughout the years. Leadership is an essential skill to any organization’s success. There are many books, courses and workshops dedicated to the topic, yet it remains a challenge for many organizations to pin down.

Many times management meaning well, wishes for their executives to learn how to become leaders and rushes into action implementing the latest leadership fad only to find that their staff has failed to exercise the competencies trained in class. Competencies aren’t internalized in a day. There are no quick fixes, no silver bullets that will immediately make someone a leader.

Commercial products contain great ideas, but unless the individual takes responsibility for their own leadership development and is given the opportunity to change they will fail. Thus, falling victim to the Pogo Principle: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”  Skepticism sets in and the initiative falls into the category of, “just another program.” Since that one didn’t work another is tried. Consistency doesn’t exist. Behavior doesn’t change.

Leadership initiatives must be aligned with strategic goals. Organizations should provide opportunities for development by offering challenging assignments, timely assessments and realistic feedback on performance.

The organization’s approach to leadership development is a reflection of its culture. Individuals should be challenged, inspired, enabled and encouraged to develop leadership competencies. Existing leaders should model the way.

Is there consistency in your message?

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