Is your leadership development strategy keeping up with current organizational challenges or do you find that you’re stuck on a perpetual treadmill of reactivity? Business is moving faster than ever and the strategies used to attract, develop and retain leaders that can deliver results must be as adaptable as the leaders they are meant to serve. Many companies are completely restructuring their leadership development strategies to become more current. In Deloitte’s most recent Human Capital Trends Survey, 61% of companies surveyed reported that they have updated their leadership strategy in the last year or are currently doing so. How do you determine if your leadership development strategy needs an overhaul? How do you ensure that it is delivering the impact, creating the pipeline and cultivating the leaders your business needs to thrive in the future? The answer is first to determine whether your current strategy is reactive or proactive.
Reactive: designed to identify and address problems
Proactive: designed to identify and propel opportunitiesThe immobilizing cycle of reactivity: If you currently have a reactive leadership development cycle, here’s what it might look like:
- Identify organizational pains are tied back to leadership incompetency
- Identify leadership ‘problems’ and the leaders that have them
- Brainstorm ‘solution’ to problem and implement it
- Hope that somehow everything improves, while waiting for something else to break
- Experience organizational pain tied back to leadership incompetency
- Repeat until the system is beyond repair
- Identify leadership trends, necessary leadership capacities and promising leaders
- Identify leadership ‘opportunities’ and build off of their existing strengths
- Dream, create and implement innovative strategies
- Collect consistent feedback data and measure impact
- Tweak the new operating system as needed with small updates that keep it current
- Repeat as you watch your company soar above the competition
“What are the problems we need to fix?” – or – “What are we going to create together?”Ultimately, we get what we ask for. The answers to these two questions are undoubtedly different, and lead to two very different destinations.