A Comprehensive Model for Leadership Development


By SkyeTeam on January 19, 2016

Posted by SkyeTeam | January 19, 2016A Comprehensive Model for Leadership DevelopmentOver the years we have found that many leadership development programs focus on one or two areas of development but not all the core competencies that create highly effective leaders. Some programs focus heavily on business acumen but leave out the leadership skills or vice versa. The impact is that leaders do not gain the skills to be effective in all areas of their roles.SkyeTeam focuses on designing leadership development programs that support the big picture and needs of the organization and participants. By designing a program that ensures all areas are being supported, you have a greater chance that the leader’s level of overall performance will be developed.Below is a leadership model that reflects the relationship between five key components of a successful comprehensive integrated leadership development program. The organization’s strategic priorities, vision, values, and culture are at the core of the model. Customizing the program to reflect and link back to this core ensures the development is in alignment with where the organization is today and where it wants to be in the future. The core is reflected in the types of training, how the training is delivered, the length of trainings, types of activities, strategic projects, coaching, etc.  Leadership Skills In previous posts, we have explored that good leaders display a balance of emotional and social intelligence along with a history of strong performance and a style that is in alignment with the organization’s culture. But leadership skills also include behaviors associated with interacting and leading others which requires high levels of both self-mastery and interpersonal mastery. Self-mastery is the integration of self-awareness, self-understanding and self-management in the process of leading self and others toward a desired goal. Interpersonal mastery is the dynamic blending of personal power with social intelligence to create choice in relationships for collaborative outcomes. The knowledge, skills and behaviors associated with these competency areas are exercised in day-to-day interactions.managing difficult conversationsunderstanding what motivates self and othersmanaging conflictdelivering feedback to clients and employeesdealing with difficult situationsunderstanding self and othersOrganizational StewardshipOrganizational stewardship is the skillset and mindset associated with holding the best interests of the organization at heart while championing strategic initiatives that will promote the organization’s success. This includes the ability and willingness to make difficult or unpopular decisions that are in the best interest of the business. Examples of organizational stewardship include:strategic leadershipchange managemententrepreneurial mindsetinnovationcurrent industry dynamicsworking with boards and stakeholdersmaking good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgmentBusiness AcumenBusiness acumen is the knowledge and understanding of the business fundamentals and a working knowledge of the way in which an organization operates including its business functions, organizational processes, systems, products, and services. Examples of this would include finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, performance management, key business measures and operational functions. It can also refer to the processes and structures that manage, allocate, and monitor resources that are crucial to fulfilling the organization’s vision and mission.Functional/Technical CompetencyFunctional/Technical competence is the collection of knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors a leader needs to successfully master their job and create value to the organization. These competencies are assessed based on standards and measures established by the organization.Assuring focused development in each of the key components outlined in the model creates better, more balanced leaders than those who are only governed by one or two of the guiding principles.Good #Leaders are holistic in their #developmentClick To TweetGood leaders are holistic in their development, taking into account the importance of all five elements in order to enhance overall leadership performance.To learn more about how SkyeTeam Leadership Development Programs could benefit you and your organization please contact us!Related ArticlesTags »leadership developmentleadership model Share
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