4 Signs Your Organization Is Ready for Leadership Development

When is the right time to maximize the leadership potential in your organization? You don’t need a Magic 8 Ball to see the signs. Whether you’re helming a Fortune 500 company or you’re a team leader in a mid-size firm, the indicators that your organization is ready to cultivate powerful leadership competencies could be right under your nose. Look for these four signs that it’s time to kick leadership development into high gear.

Sign #1: You’re experiencing high turnover

Ineffective management is one of the top reasons employees leave an organization. If resignation letters are piling up or you’re seeing new faces who don’t stick around for long, lack of leadership development could be the culprit. Instead of giving in to the endless recruitment cycle, focus on cultivating outstanding people-management skills among both high-level leaders and mid-tier managers to increase retention, morale, productivity, and profits. 

Sign #2: Newly-promoted team members are floundering

Recently-promoted employees who aren’t delivering on their goals won’t gain the confidence and knowledge they need to thrive without guidance. Promotion isn’t the end of achievement — it’s just the beginning of another cycle of professional development. If your top performers are stumbling when they advance, leadership development programs can give them the boost they need for success at the next level.

Sign #3: No one is ready to step up when leaders leave

The future is a long-term investment. But when the leaders you need for tomorrow aren’t ready to take the wheel, you may be missing a vital investment need: your people. Leadership development programs and succession planning work in tandem to ensure that when one leader steps down, another is primed to step up from within your organization — and promoting from within gives you a high return on your leadership development investment. 

Sign #4: HR is solely responsible for leadership development

If you’re relying on HR to provide workshops, seminars, and resources without examining your own drive to support individual and team growth, it may be time to adjust your mindset. Even the best HR departments are limited in their capacity to directly spur growth. HR can help manage organizational structure, but leaders themselves also need to take responsibility for creating a robust culture of continuous feedback and improvement — for both themselves and their teams.

Embrace transformational growth

When the signs are telling you it’s time to level up leadership skills in your organization, the benefits of dynamic leadership-focused development programs are unmatched. No matter how high you climb, there’s always room to adopt an improvement mindset and tap into the benefits of 1:1 coaching, workshops, and programs. Your best people are capable of transformational growth. Show them you’re willing to invest in their success and reap the benefits to your culture, and bottom line. 



Powerful question: What opportunities do you have to promote leadership development in your organization?


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