Customization…or put differently, a focus on CONTEXT, CONTEXT, CONTEXT…is what sets apart high quality leadership development from run-of-the-mill, what I like to refer to as “Impact-free” development programs. Great article that is a must-read for all leaders and those developing others!
Are leadership development specialists missing the forest for the trees?
An article in Advances in Developing Human Resources finds that instead of promoting generic traits, behaviors and competencies, we should be focusing on how these strategies relate to the specific needs of individuals and the organizations they work for:
Leadership Development research and practice has consistently focused on specific methods and interventions to the degree that our understanding of what good leadership development looks like is much clearer. The problem however, with current thinking on leadership development and the evaluation of leadership development is that we are not exploring the extent to which the individual leader and the organization they work for are connected and aligned. For evaluators of leadership development this exploration is a key aspect in measuring the systemic nature of leadership development and not merely the intervention. How do individual leaders navigate their personal leadership…
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