“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things”
The measure of a true leader is in their ability to develop and create other leaders. However, because there is a dearth of effective high performing leaders, the responsibility of leadership development tends to be outsourced to consultants, usually with mundane results. To truly build up to the point of organisational breakthrough, we find that leaders must do the work of mobilising the leadership potential at all levels of the organisation. Simply put, a leader must teach others to lead.
Best Practices for Developing Leaders
Mature leaders in any institution, public or private, must demonstrate 4 dimensions of leadership teaching styles related to the 4 adaptive Leadership Styles. Adaptive Leadership Maturity is the ability of a Leader to select the style and approach required to deliver the best results in a particular situation. When it comes to developing other leaders however, the Pedagogy of High Performance Leadership Development requires all 4 Styles delivered in an integrated format to Build Future Leadership Competencies (Knowledge, Character, Skill-Set and Attributes).
Mobilise Your Leadership Pipeline
Long-term success depends on making a critical distinction: A focus on leaders emphasises the personal qualities of the individual; leadership emphasises the methods that secure the ongoing good of the organisation.
When it comes to developing and unlocking leadership potential across an organisation, successful leaders convert the workplace into the learning place. They create the culture, systems, structure and practices within their organisations required for the development of the Knowledge, Character, Skills and Qualities of the next generation of Organisational Leaders.
Bolaji Olagunju is the Lead Consultant and CEO of Workforce Group. He helps organisations with transformation and business improvement efforts via the design and deployment of service offerings in the areas of Strategy Planning and Execution, Organisational Design and Development, Corporate Universities/Academy Design and Implementation, Change Management, Performance Management Design and Implementation as well as Business Process Outsourcing.
He is a member of CIPD UK, SHRM, NIM, a Licensed Member and Test /Assessment Administrator of the British Psychological Society and a Certified ROI Practitioner.
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