Leadership Development Program

Leadership Development Activities

  • Assessments and Tools

  • Team Development

  • 360 Degree Feedback

  • Executive Coaching

Leadership Development

Choose from products to help your organization master today’s challenges by developing leadership skills in every employee, at every level, from new managers, to the executive team.  We can:

  • Help you identify what your leaders need through leadership skills assessment,
  • Create leadership development plans for an individual or group,
  • Develop custom leadership and management training and other learning activities,
  • Provide assessments and resource material for you to use to deliver your own training.

Effective leadership is critical to achieving your organizational mission. Coaching and Development helps keep your organization’s leadership strong.

Whether you need to identify leadership skills/competencies, or create a leadership development program, a one-time leadership training event that boosts specific leadership skills, or one-on-one coaching, our assessment, training, and/or consulting services could be what you need.

What is Leadership & Executive Development?

You know how critical leadership skills (and hence, leadership development programs) are to organizational effectiveness. Leadership involves a person’s ability to inspire, influence, and enable others to contribute toward organizational effectiveness. Leaders create a vision, set direction, and provide people with objectives, tools, and incentives.

Leadership development describes a wide range of activities that are aimed at enhancing leadership skills (leadership competencies), including assessment and feedback, reading, instructor-led training, online learning, coaching, mentoring, or on-the-job assignments. We often recommend a “blended learning” approach that incorporates several or all of these activities into a leadership development program. Executive development simply refers to developing the leadership skills, or other skills, of executives in your organization. One-on-one coaching is often used for executives.

About Our Leadership Development Services and Products

Leadership Development can be  complicated because:

  • Sometimes it’s hard to find out which leadership skills need to be developed.
  • Different leaders have different areas for development.
  • It’s hard to choose the right blend of activities.
  • Costs and benefits of various options must be determined and weighed.

Take advantage of our years of experience in dealing with leadership and executive development challenges. We can:

  • Help you identify what your leaders need through leadership skills assessment
  • Use your leadership competencies or ours, or some combination
  • Help create leadership development plans for an individual or group
  • Develop custom leadership and management training and other learning activities (whether it’s one course or a leadership development program)

Examples of Leadership Topics Include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Change Leadership
  • Employee Engagement
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Ethics
  • Conflict Management
  • Team Development
  • Effective Communication

Effective Organizations Produce Leaders

Leadership Development
Organizations need effective leadership:  Whatever their purpose or size, and whether they’re hierarchical in nature, or follow more egalitarian, innovative and open principles, all organizations nevertheless share one essential quality: they rely on the quality of their leadership, at every level.  That’s because, more or less by definition, the thing that defines any organization is the set of collective goals that it’s organized towards, and effective leadership is the key component in achieving these goals most effectively and efficiently.
Leadership is Crucial to Achieve and Maintain Competitive AdvantageThe nature of organizational undertakings varies immensely, as do organizational styles and cultures.   But one thing is universal: the importance of a competitive advantage in a marketplace.  To achieve and maintain a competitive advantage today requires ever-greater demands on organizations, requiring them to be flexible, proactive and creative, each of which is enabled by leadership at every level.  Maximizing the leadership potential within an organization is a crucial element in achieving competitive advantage, and is where having a leadership development strategy and process becomes important.Leadership Development vs. Management DevelopmentBefore discussing what leadership development entails, it might be wise to make clear what it is not.  Leadership Development is not Management Development.   Managers generally manage on the basis of a specific set of skills and formal authorities, and their roles can be clearly defined in terms of the chain of command and responsibilities in which they do their jobs.  Leaders can be managers as well, but they can also have roles that involve little or no formal authority, or stable and clearly-defined responsibilities.  They will inspire other people, and get them to willingly organize their efforts in effective and collaborative ways. Managers can be Leaders, and Leaders are often Managers, but it is important to make the distinction.  Sometimes managers could benefit from better leadership skills, and leaders could improve their effectiveness.


What is Leadership Development

Modern leadership development is about identifying people who have what it takes to lead, and helping them enhance the talents and skills that effective leadership demands.  But it’s also about empowering organizations, enabling people to work together in focused and motivated ways, and about building the capacity of groups to deal with every sort of problem, expected or unexpected.  These seem like quite distinct goals – nurturing leadership and autonomy. But the key to understanding this paradox, and the challenge that modern leadership development represents, is contained in this truism of the leadership development industry: in an effective modern organization, effective leadership should be understood as being as much a result of effective organization as the source of effective organization. In other words, the most effective organizations don’t just follow leaders.  They don’t even follow better leaders: they produce leaders, even as they also knowingly define the qualities required of leadership – in this organization, in this context, to these ends.  There is no stable human nature on which to base a static notion of how leaders should be trained; the needs, in terms of leadership and the culture that enables it, are defined organically by the demands faced by any particular organization.  And these are defined in turn by how it functions within the complex realities of 21st century market competition – and the claims the organization aims to stake and defend within it. Leadership Development is the activities and creation of an environment that increase the abilities and effectiveness and self-awareness required to create a vision, motivate, inspire, and accomplish.


The Requirements of Leadership Through the Years

Leadership development is one of last remaining sources of sustained competitive advantage, it can have tremendous positive impact, and measurable return on investment.  Please feel free to email Joel Goldberg at jg@LeadershipDevelopmentProgram.com, phone us at 716-553-3157.