According to Harvard Business Publishing Research, majority of the organizations have leadership program but only 7% describe their program as “best in class”. This statistic tells us that many leadership programs are not helping either the leader or the organization. Making a great leadership program starts with provide leaders with the best skills and behavior. They would use these skills to confidently lead the team and drive the performance for the organization.
Here are 5 skills which should be included in a leadership development program.
- Coaching: Coaching is the best way leaders can use to utilize the full potential of their team members. Moments of coaching happen every day, and a leader with strong leadership skills would fully utilize the moment and make them valuable learning experience. As per the Gallup research, there are only 3 out of 10 employees who feel that they are encouraged for their development. This skill would positively enhance employee’s productivity. By providing team member feedback and guidance, leaders are encouraging them to perform better.
- Accountability: Leaders know that their success depends more on their team’s performance than on their own. Leaders are not anymore individual contributors and they will not be evaluated that way. They are accountable for their team’s performance as well as their own and they must take responsible for their team’s outcome. By making the leaders learn about accountability, you can ensure that they can hold direct commitments to their team members. Through this everyone can succeed and produce the result that they want.
- Change management: An organization cannot be static in time. Employee turnover, changes in marketplace, company growth and countless other factors contribute to continuing changes. If the changes feel like a tidal wave to employees, leaders must be ready to guide them from the changes. This would require training the leaders in managing change even before it occurs. Change management training should be part of all leadership programs.
- Influence and Negotiation: Effective leaders inspire and persuade others to make the vision a reality. By learning how to be strong influencers they will know that it is not about who has the best power but who has more influencing power to achieve the result. Rather than asking the employees to do something with authority, leaders should build relationships with employees. That would be a win-win and would lead to completed projects and delivered results.
- Communication: Communication is not a skill which leaders would get just by reading or watching a presentation about it. In a leadership role, communication happens at all hours of the day. However, it is not a new skill for leadership development, communication needs to be optimized in order to achieve the goals of the organization.
Bridging the gap between excellent leadership and where you are now, requires a fresh approach in training and development. Look for company-specific challenges and need of today’s leaders. As for inputs from current leaders to create a leadership development program that is successful for everyone involved.