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Four Ways to Optimize Leadership Development in an Organization

Hanna Wilson, HR tech Outlook | Friday, April 02, 2021

A mentor will provide personalized advice to help train junior workers to become more successful leaders in the future. Building these good relationships early provides opportunities for open and truthful communication lines in the leadership development process.

Fremont, CA: With a rising leadership gap and tens of thousands of potential leaders withdrawing every week, it is more important than ever that we invest in cultivating future leaders of our organizations. The quality of the leadership team of an organization can make or break an organization. Overall, culture, ethics, and policy are moving from leadership to every aspect of an enterprise.

Here are four ways to optimize leadership development in an organization:

Develop High Potential Employees

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It is important to remember the distinction between top performers and high potential employees. Although your top success may also be your most significant opportunity for future leadership, this may not always be the case. Some workers excel in their current position, but they may not be motivated to lead a team or a company one day. Be sure to concentrate on workers who are inspired, highly motivated, and involved in the organization; these are likely to be the future leaders.

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Start Leadership Development Early

Organizations mostly wait until the years leading up to retirement to start building the company's next chief or leader. It's never too early to begin cultivating leaders. Weave entry-level leadership growth to management positions. It may also be helpful to integrate leadership tests into the recruitment and hiring process.

Build Coaching and Mentoring Opportunities

One of the best ways to build potential leaders is to make them learn directly from other accomplished leaders. When you have defined candidates who could potentially be great leaders, pair them up with a great leader to mentor them, coach them, and regularly provide input. A mentor will give personalized advice to help train junior workers to become more successful leaders in the future. Building these good relationships early provides opportunities for open and truthful communication lines in the leadership development process.

Share Top Level Strategy and Vision

Sometimes what happens at the executive level is a mystery to the rest of the organization. While there is always secure information for the executive staff only, it is essential to be as open as possible with the rest of the team. Sharing a big picture vision for the organization helps you buy-in from your employees and allows them to change their goals to align themselves with the company better. It is essential to understand all the facets of an organization for its potential future leaders.

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