How to learn leadership

I posted a question this morning on LinkedIn: “What’s the most successful thing you’ve done to develop your leadership?” The common denominator among all the answers? Choosing to own their leadership skill development. Whether that was accepting a reeeaaally stretchy promotion, taking a volunteer leadership role, or simply deciding to learn leadership skills, it was all about personal ownership and …

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Osmosis is for scientists, not leaders

You can’t learn leadership by osmosis. It sure would be great if you could. Promoted from an individual role into management and leadership? Poof, whoosh, hey presto, you’re a leader – you “just know” how to do it. But no. Becoming a good, successful, caring, effective leader requires training practice with what’s learned guidance coaching mentoring all of that and …

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Why leadership development programs fail

Leadership training programs don’t always have the best reputation for success. Perhaps you’ve experienced this: your company allocated budget for a program, spent time, effort, and money conducting the training, had high hopes for a great outcome, and … ended up disappointed. Sadly, it’s not all that unusual – AND it’s completely avoidable. Let’s look at some of the reasons …

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Leadership development during the pandemic

I’m hearing from many people right now that they have no budget for leadership development. Or that they’re trying to figure out how to do leadership development when everyone’s working from home, and certainly not gathering in a central community learning space.  Or – both.  It’s frustrating, because they also know that leadership development is important. You know that. In …

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Identifying Emerging Leaders

When you leave it up to managers to select employees for professional development programs, there’s a lot of uncertainty involved. It depends on the quality of those managers. Are they good managers, alert to their employees’ accomplishments, skills, and career ambitions? Or are they overwhelmed, frustrated, and perhaps with their own political ax to grind? What inherent – or, let’s …

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How much time does it take to grow a new leader?

A follower asked a great question on an “Ask Me Anything (about leadership)” post on my Facebook business page. “How do you balance the time devoted to leadership development versus running the business/department?” There’s a sneaky assumption embedded in the question that training and development is separate from running the department. But leadership development is part of running the business, …

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“Hi-Po Emerging Leader” – really?

I’m not a fan of those terms – “hi-po” (or “high potential”) and “emerging leader.” (Forgive me, please, if they’ve been applied to you. I’m sure you deserve them, and do read on to understand what I mean.) Corporate America does a terrible job of supporting first-line managers, supervisors, and new leaders. These are the people who have the biggest …

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Is leadership training worth it?

Have you put your emerging leaders through a leadership development program? Or maybe you’ve attended such a program yourself – or even taken the plunge to get an MBA? Was it worth it? I’m asking that very seriously, because from where I’m sitting – looking at the programs, talking with people who’ve taken them – I’m sincerely not convinced. I …

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Do you believe Gallup?

A few months ago, Gallup came out with a rather stern report called “State of the American Manager: analytics and advice for leaders.” (You can download a copy here.) In it, they basically claim that yes, indeed, the old saying “Leaders are born, not made” is true. I quote: They go on to say that two out of the remaining nine …

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The problem with promotions

Promotions are great. They acknowledge the quality of your hard work, they represent progress and feel like success, and hey, who can argue with a bigger paycheck? So why am I suggesting that there’s a problem with them? In general – there isn’t. As an individual contributor diligently climbing the promotions ladder, you typically (and, let’s face it, often very frustratingly) …

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