Focus On Long Term For Leadership Development Success

November 14, 2013  |  Posted by in Leadership Development
 

Although studies indicate that the timeliness of initial leadership development training delivery is critical, the long-term management of such efforts is also essential to ensure consistent performances in the future. Managers and supervisors should begin receiving training at the earliest possible time in their tenures with the company, and should then have opportunities to continue developing as professionals over time. 

As the workforce becomes more globalized, diverse and young in virtually every market, leaders are responsible for maintaining corporate agility and consistent brand images. As such, training cannot and should not ever be viewed as a temporary or short-term project, but rather a marathon in which decision-makers are actively engaged in making the necessary adjustments. 

Simple tips for better leadership
CLO Media recently listed several lessons all leaders can benefit from when trying to manage and improve performances over time. For one, the news provider asserted that leaders must be able to identify areas of operation that are hindering employee engagement and inclusion, and make the necessary changes in a timely fashion. 

Failure to maintain operational agility and employee engagement can lead to significant issues, including poor efficiency and productivity. According to the source, leaders must also be sure that they are managing employees ethically and sensitively to achieve stronger retention rates and financial performances, though this demands thorough research and plenty of learning experience. 

As the workforce makeup continues to evolve rapidly, the preferences, desires and styles of the average staff become more unpredictable and diverse. Businesses can ensure that managers and supervisors are prepared for the challenges associated with these changes by regularly updating leadership development programs and delivering the content to the necessary employees. 

CLO Media added that leaders should also be taught to focus on continuous self improvement, and offered opportunities to self-evaluate and identify new support needs. 

Perfect the transition
Long-term leadership development strategies will always need to be complemented by the early delivery of training to employees who are transitioning into a supervisory role. Studies indicate that many companies struggle to deliver leadership lessons to new managers before they step into their new positions, which often leads to the formation of bad habits. 

When employees are earmarked for managerial positions, initial leadership training should be deployed that includes assessments of their strengths, weaknesses and general style. The acquired insights will better inform the long-term leadership development process, as businesses will have a stronger understanding of each manager's needs. 

 
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