Today’s Leadership Development Approach Does Not Work by Brad Hall at The Street on 14 April 2014

Organizations spend much money on leadership development, but few believe that they are achieving the desired results.  Leadership training (delivered in concentrated doses with no follow-up) does not seem to have the same retention rate than other development programs such as piano or golf (weekly lessons with daily reinforcing practices).  The author believes the following would lead to better success:

  • Buy leaders, build managers (get people who already know what they are doing to instruct people within the organization)
  • Measure (even imperfect assessment tools are better than none)
  • Teach, practice, teach (break complex leadership skills into bite-sized tasks, have the person practice on a daily basis, then do a follow-up a few months later.
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