Create a leadership development plan

The leadership development plan bottom line: How to take on the “learning for life” paradigm, and make it a reality that works for you.

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As a leader your skills must now more than ever match the needs of the changing situation. This presents a personal challenge to all leaders, of adapting and recreating yourself, in response to profound changes in work.

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Before you start thinking about developing a leadership development plan for your self and/or others; it is helpful to think about what leadership is and isn’t. The word leadership is universally used but has a number of meanings depending on your perspective.

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Leadership Thinking

In general terms, modern theories of leadership cite the themes of visioning, strategic thinking, decision making and communication and influencing skills.

Modern theories also mention different leadership styles like, participative, consultative, directive and negotiative and also the situational dependence of such leadership styles.

This in recent years, is increasingly being underpinned by notions of character,integrity,authenticity and service being seen as critical for effective leaders.

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The insight here is that leadership theory is not static and has changed, and will continue to change.

So before you start your leadership development plan, it begs the questions:

what kind of leader do you want to be?

what are your natural leadership styles?

what kind of leader does your organization need right now?

Perhaps this ambiguity is one of the reasons that leadership development is still pretty haphazard in organisations. Let me explain what I mean:

Organisations collectively spend billions of dollars on traditional leadership development approaches, that don’t take into account modern insights about adult learning, and don’t always translate well into business outcomes.

Some leaders get a lot of developmental opportunities other Leaders and their organisations don’t seem to bother (perhaps assuming they will pick it up on the way). There still seems to be a disconnect on the link between leaders and business results.
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Some Myths about Leadership

Before you start your leadership development plan consider the impact of some of these leadership myths.

Popular writing is still polarised between the two 2 extreme views of
• Leaders are born not made
• Leaders are made not born
• Our view is that there is a bit of truth in both assertions.

Everyone can be a leader
Not true
Not everyone wants to be a leader
Not everyone has required self awareness and self knowledge
Not everyone can be authentic in their dealing with others

Leaders are great coaches
They certainly can be but are not often in my experience Great leaders seem to strong on visioning and persuasive communications. Certainly a coaching leadership style is being touted as the answer to our employee engagement challenges.

People at the top are leaders
Leadership is not really defined adequately by position but by whether people choose to follow you. People get to the top of organisations for lots of reasons, many of which have little to do with leadership.

Leaders deliver great results
Not always, depends on factors like competition, use of organisational assets Sometimes good management is all that is needed to be successful for a while and well led business don’t always produce results in the short to medium term.

Another concept is the distinction between leadership and management.

“Adapted From What Leaders Really Do” by John Kotter

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According to Warren Bennis “Many organisations become over managed and under led”

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If you believe organisations are over managed what are the implications on your preferred leadership styles and leadership development plan?
Another idea is that leadership happens in conversations

Does than mean that when we are leading we might have different conversations than when we are managing

To quote Carol Weber “What is the conversation you have left your people with?”

How might you need to adapt your leadership style to get the best out of your conversations?

Here are some leadership conversations that make a difference

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Deepen relationships
Open up learning’s and new possibilities
Generate energy commitment and effective action
Challenging
Inspiring
Enabling
Modelling
Encouraging

Agin reflect on the implications of these conservation types on the leadership styles you aspire to and the leadership skills you may need to include in your leadership development plan.

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In the ground breaking article “Why Should Anyone be led by You” Goffee and Jones HBR 2000.

The most effective leaders have the following four characterisitics:


1. Selectively show their weaknesses approachability and humility
2. Rely heavily on intuition collect soft data and interpret
3. Manage with tough empathy: empathise passionately with people and intensely care about the work they do
4. They reveal their differences “ Capitalize on what is different about themselves.

How might you rate yourself against these characterisitcs? What might you need to add to your leadership develoment planning?


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Leadership Development model

Assessment

Can be done through a variety of methods from an assessment centre, 360 degree feedback, structured interviews, and self assessment. The bottom line it must provide good data from a mix of sources and others opinions.

This is important because of a natural tendancy we have rationalise our existing behaviour. This can get in the way of our learning.

“Faced with the choice between changing ones mind and proving there is no need to do so. Almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” John Kenneth Galbraith

The feedback process works best when facilitated by another person with some coaching skills. This is superioir to just providing a written report. This allows the Leader to think their way through in an active way what all the data means for them.

Leadership Development Plan Two critical components here:

Firstly the Leader gets to choose what they want to work on. Secondly the Leader should focus on 2 or a maximum of 3 things to work on.

Sometime more thinking is needed before the leader can clarify to themself what they actually want to work on. Again coaching support from a colleague or professional coach is useful here.

Declare Publically

Some developmental goals should remain private for example: integrity, ethics, respect for others. Most goals can be declared publically and if done this provides a multiple "whammy" benefit to the leader.

Firstly: It motivates the leader to hang in on there and stick with the goal

Secondly: Disclosure can help improve the relationship with the leader’s team

Thirdly: It may mean the team can help the leader with ideas, suggestions and feedback.

Fourthly: It is a public endorsement and reinforcer of individual development and continuous improvement with the team

Is that something you might consider?

Practice and Reflect

This is the implementation of the leadership development plan, and is really the engine of any learning change.

The leader thinks about what to do, tries out some different leadership styles and behaviours and then reflects on what has worked. It is also useful to check in with any of the original feedback participants from the assessment phase, for suggestions or more feedback. This is an active learning approach, based upon frequent small amounts of attention, over a period of time and is a natural way of learning for most people.

The cycle continues on to further assessment of change, and further refinement of the plan. This is how you can refine your leadership style overtime.

Last tip don’t forget to celebrate any achievements it is a lot of fun to do.

…… and it helps consolidate your learning.

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