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Leadership Development

What is leadership development?

Leadership development is a process that aims to enhance the skills and qualities of individuals to support them to become effective leaders within an organization. This includes but is not limited to, honing communication skills, reflection abilities, emotional intelligence, delegation skills, decision-making abilities, and the capacity to inspire and motivate teams.

By investing in leadership development, organizations can secure a pipeline of talent to replace team members who may leave in the future. They can also give more junior employees a more positive experience from onboarding onward.

Leadership development programs commonly include an assessment of current skills, evaluations from peers and subordinates, and evaluations by mentors or coaches. Once these assessments are complete, personalized development plans are often crafted to target key leadership competencies. After this, results will usually be measured through key performance indicators (KPIs).

Leadership development programs also often incorporate opportunities for participants to engage in real-world challenges. Immersive experiences, such as simulations, case studies, or strategic projects, provide new leaders with the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills in practical scenarios.

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