During 2017, Purple Cubed interviewed more than 60 senior leaders across a wide variety of disciplines to find out how, in this vastly changed and changing world, organisations are successfully growing leadership capability. What we discovered was disappointing. Despite the third industrial revolution, the pace of change, and our volatile, ambiguous and complex climate, hardly anyone was veering off the traditional path.
Leadership today goes beyond traditional business skills; it requires superior change management skills (thinking, problem solving, communication, emotional intelligence and so on…). It therefore makes sense to develop them universally – creating leaders at all levels. Holacracy (the self-managed, task specific team way of doing things favoured by Zappos and the like) is fostering the collaborative approach today’s organisation require, calling for ready access to the development of skills, knowledge and attributes, for all.
According to Deloitte, leadership remains the No. 1 talent issue facing organisations around the world, with 85% of companies rating it as ‘urgent’ or ‘important.’ Yet just 14% of companies say they do an excellent job of developing it. Disturbingly, Deloitte’s research shows that leadership capabilities are declining.
Make 2018 the year you grow leadership capability to evolve your organisation’s profitability and growth. Since people are individuals and learn in diverse ways, our recommendations for effective, contemporary leadership development are:
- Make available the means for development to happen and then task people with driving their own development, when and how they want it
- Ensure there’s a simple yet effective process whereby people can plan and access their learning – this is one to digitise
- Be creative about delivery methods if you are utilising the classroom, ban ‘chalk and talk’ in favour of a facilitated and business focused group coaching approach.
Next time we’ll explore the alternatives to classroom learning…