Why Leadership Development Is Failing
of development activities by investing some time
in pre and post coaching sessions.
●● Avoid common barriers a Harvard professor
found causes leadership training to fail – Unclear
strategy and values, executives not working
as a team, lack of honest conversations about
problems, lack of organization-wide coordination,
inadequate time to talent issues, and employee
fear about telling senior management of obstacles.
●● Leader’s coachability – It’s been said that no one
should ever try to teach a pig to whistle. It wastes
your time and annoys the pig. Are development
dollars being wasted on uncoachable leaders?
●● Cascade and model leadership development
from the top down – Too often senior leaders
are “too busy” to participate in leadership
development exercises. Giving lots of lip service
to the importance of leadership and organization
development they approve budgets to develop (or
“fix”) other leaders.
Thoreau wrote, “It is something to be able to paint a
particular picture, or to carve a statue… but it is far
more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere
and medium through which we look…” Successful
leadership development efforts paint the culture while
the culture shapes the leader. LE
For over three decades, Jim Clemmer’s
keynote presentations, workshops,
management team retreats, seven
bestselling books, articles, and blog
have helped hundreds of thousands of
people worldwide. The Clemmer Group
is the Canadian strategic partner of
Zenger Folkman, an award-winning firm
best known for its unique evidencedriven,
strengths-based system for
developing extraordinary leaders and
demonstrating the performance impact
they have on organizations.
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