Leadership Development Planning

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Written by Carter
McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC
. Copyright; Authenticity
Consulting, LLC
Adapted from the Field
Guide to Leadership and Supervision
.

Simply put, leadership development is an effort (hopefully,
planned in nature) that enhances the learner’s capacity to lead
people. Very simply put, leading is setting direction and guiding
others to follow that direction. A critical skill for leaders
is the ability to manage their own learning. The highly motivated,
self-directed reader can gain a great deal of learning and other
results from using the guidelines and materials in this library
topic.

(Note that there are separate topics about How
to Design Management Development Programs
and Supervisoral
Development Planning
.)

Sections of This Topic Include:

Preparation for Learning

Optional: Suggested Readings
from the Library

Before Leadership Development, Get
an Impression of What “Leadership” Is

What Does Leadership Development Look Like?

Informal Activities to Learn
About Leadership in Organizations

Attempt to Go Beyond Reading Books

Ideas for Activities to Learn About Leadership

Customizing Your Own Leadership
Development Program

Preparation for Designing Your
Leadership Training Plan

Identifying Your Overall Goals in
Management Training

Determining Your Learning Objectives
and Activities

Developing Any Materials You May
Need

Planning Implementation of Your Leadership
Training Plan

Evaluating Your Leadership Training Plan
and Experiences

Follow-Up After Completion of Your
Plan

Basic Guide to Management and Supervision

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PREPARATION FOR LEARNING

Optional: Suggested
Readings from the Library

To gain broad perspective on leadership development, the reader would benefit
most from first reading the following information.
Introduction to
Organizations (read documents referenced from the section titled “Basics”)

Basic Definitions
and Roles in Management


Informal Versus. Formal Training, Self-Directed Versus Other-Directed Training


How to Get More (Learn More) From Training and Training Education

Before Leadership
Development, Get Sense of What “Leadership” Is

The first place to start learning about leadership
is to get some sense of what leadership is — in particular, understand
get an impression of the areas of knowledge and skills recommended
for effective leadership in organizations. Review information
in:
All About Leadership
Suggested Competencies for Effective
Leadership in Organizations

What Does Leadership
Development Look Like?

If you read the information in the section

Informal Versus. Formal Training, Self-Directed Versus Other-Directed Training

listed above, you learned about training programs that are informal and formal, and
other-directed or self-directed. Leadership development programs come in all of
these combinations, as well. You can learn about leadership in informal “programs”,
for example, by reading some articles, discussing leadership with a friend, etc.
You can attend formal training, for example, a course, seminar or workshop.


INFORMAL ACTIVITIES TO LEARN ABOUT LEADERSHIP

Informal Activities
to Learn About Leadership

Attempt to Go Beyond
Reading Books …

The activity of leading is a very human activity. Therefore,
there are a wide range of everyday and on-the-job activities from
which you can learn about leadership and even enhance your leadership
skills. Informal methods can include, for example, reading books,
having discussions with friends, on-the-job training, keeping
a diary with thoughts about leadership, etc. Note that you’re
not likely to develop much for leadership skills merely by reading,
talking or attending a course unless you actually apply new materials
and methods, and continue to reflect on what you’re learning along
the way.

Ideas for Activities to Learn About Leadership

One of the most effective and reliable ways to learn is to do
so consciously, in a planned fashion. Therefore, be sure to consider
customizing your own leadership training plan. Complete guidelines
are provided in the next section,
Customizing
Your Own Leadership Development Plan
.

The following table includes numerous ideas for activities
from which to learn about setting direction and influencing others
to follow the direction.

Get guidance and assistance:
· Seek to find
a mentor

· Hire a personal/professional coach

Readings to consider:
· Read general
advice (articles on leadership)

· Read leading
yourself

· Read leading
individuals

· Read leading
groups

· Read leading
organization-wide efforts

· Review the basics
of organizational change

· Review the
basics for managing yourself

Skills to practice:
· In your next assignment or in a personal plan, design
and word goals to be SMARTER

· Learn to be
a mentor

· Learn to coach
others

· Give a presentation
· Practice basic skills in delegation
· Practice basic skills in listening
and sharing feedback
· Customize personal guidelines for some basics in leading,
for example, problem solving,
· Decision Making,
· planning,
and managing your
power and influence

· Plan
a meeting
and facilitate
a meeting
· Clarify your personal values and how you live them out
— develop your codes
of ethics
and codes
of conduct

Some workplace activities for learning:
· Start (and stick to) a new project at work or in your
life, ideally a project a that includes your setting direction and
influencing others to follow the direction
· Ask your supervisor, peers and subordinates for ideas
to develop your leadership skills
· Ask to be assigned to a leadership position
· Regularly solicit feedback from others about your leadership
skills

Other sources for learning:
· Identify traits and behaviors of your favorite leaders
· Design a personal
development plan

· Take strong participation in a course, apprenticeship
or internship that involves persistence, risk and initiative
· Take a leadership role in a management association
· Volunteer to lead a work or community project, or join a board of directors

Capturing your learning:
· Schedule (and stick to) ongoing periods for private reflection;
record them in a journal

· also consider Ideas
for Activities to Learn About Supervision

· also consider Ideas
for Activities to Learn About Management


CUSTOMIZING YOUR OWN LEADERSHIP
DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Your are much more likely to learn useful skills in leadership
if you develop and implement a training plan. The following sections
will guide you to develop your own complete, highly integrated
(and performance-oriented) leadership development plan. Each section
includes reference to particular sections in the
Complete
Guidelines to Design Your Training and Development Plan
(hereafter
called the “Guidelines”). That document includes guidelines
for you to identify your overall training goals and the learning
objectives and activities to achieve the goals. Guidelines are
also provided for carrying out the learning activities and evaluating
your entire learning experience.

Preparation
for Designing Your Leadership Training Plan

Read the following two initial sections of the Guidelines
(up to “Determining Your Overall Goals in Training”)
and then return to the next section below.
Directions to
Use “Complete Guideline …”

Preparation for
Designing Your Training Plan

Identifying
Your Overall Goals in Leadership Training

Purpose of this Section

This section helps you identify what you want to be able
to do as a result of implementing your training plan, for example,
qualify for a certain job, overcome a performance problem, meet
a goal in your career development plan, etc. Learners are often
better off to work towards at most two to four goals at a time.
There are a variety of ways to identify your training goals, depending
on what you want to be able to accomplish as a result of implementing
your training plan.

Begin Identifying Your Training Goals

Consider Performance Gaps, Growth Gaps or Opportunities
Gaps
Performance gaps are areas of knowledge and skills need to
improve performance and are usually indicated during performance
reviews with your supervisor. Growth gaps are areas of knowledge
and skills need to reach a career goal. Opportunity gaps are areas
of knowledge and skills needed to take advantage of an upcoming
opportunity.

Conduct Self-Assessments
The following online, self-assessments may help, as well, by
helping you assess certain areas of your own leadership abilities.
Manager’s
Self Assessment

How Good Are Your Leadership Skills?
Assessing your leadership
style

Task
versus Relationship Leadership Theories

Collect Input From Others
Ask others for ideas to improve your leadership skills. Try
get their input in terms of behaviors you can show. Consider input
from performance reviews. See
Performance Reviews
/ Appraisals

[360-Degree Employee Performance Reviews / Appraisals|Performance Reviews:
360-Degree]

Reference Lists of Areas of Knowledge and Skills Needed
in Variety of Roles and Function
Competencies are lists of the general abilities needed to
perform a role. Consider the following lists for leading yourself,
other individuals, groups and organization-wide efforts.
Suggested
Competencies for Effective Leadership in Organizations

Reference Books and Other Materials About Leadership
There is a vast amount of information available regarding leadership and
leadership skills. However, much of it is in regard to character traits that
leadership should have. When determining your training goals, translate these
character traits to behaviors that you and others can recognize. See
Major
Leadership Theories, Models and Traits

Don’t Forget to Lead Yourself!
Developing skills in leadership involves changing yourself, stretching yourself.
Therefore, you may want to include developing skills in
Self-Confidence
Assertiveness

On to Refining and Writing Your Training Goals in Your
Plan …

The Guidelines provides additional advice for identifying
your training goals. Follow the steps in the following section
of the Guidelines until you come to its section titled “Determining
Your Learning Objectives and Activities ” and then return
to the next section below.
Determining Your
Overall Goals in Training

Determining Your Learning Objectives and Activities

Purpose of this Section

The purpose of this section is to identify the various
learning objectives you should achieve and learning activities
you should undertake in order to achieve the overall training
goals in your plan.

Identifying Your Learning Objectives

Carefully consider each of your training goals. What specifically
must be accomplished (that is, what objectives must be reached)
in order for you to reach those goals? Which of these objectives
require learning new areas of knowledge or skills? These objectives
are likely to become learning objectives in your training plan.
To get a stronger sense for learning objectives,
see
Designing Training Plans and Learning Objectives
.

Identifying Your Learning Activities

Learning activities are the activities you will conduct
in order to reach the learning objectives. The activities should
help you work toward your training goal, accommodate your particular
learning styles, be accessible to you and be enjoyable as well.
The following link might help you.
Ideas for Activities to Learn About Leadership

On to Refining and Writing Your Learning Objectives and
Activities in Your Plan …

The Guidelines provide additional advice for identifying
your learning objectives and activities. Follow the steps in the
following section of the Guidelines until you come to its section
titled “Developing Any Materials You May Need” and then
return to the next section below.
Determining Your
Learning Objectives and Activities

Developing Any
Materials You May Need

Developing materials might include, for example, getting
books, signing up for courses, reserving rooms, getting coaches,
etc. The Guidelines provides additional guidance to develop any
materials you may need. Follow the steps in the following section
of the Guidelines until you come to its section titled “Planning
Implementation of Your Training Plan” and then return to
the next section below.
Developing Any
Materials You May Need

Planning Implementation
of Your Leadership Training Plan

During implementation, you should think about whether
you’re really understanding the materials or not, need additional
support, etc. The Guidelines provides additional guidance to you
during implementation of your plan. Follow the steps in the following
section of the Guidelines until you come to its section titled
“Planning Quality Control and Evaluation of Your Training
Plan and Experiences” and then return to the next section
below.
Planning Implementation
of Your Training Plan

Evaluating Your
Leadership Training Plan and Experiences

Evaluation includes assessing and making value judgments
on whether you achieved your training goals or not, and on the
quality of the process to reach those goals. Follow the steps
in the following section of the Guidelines until you come to its
section titled “Follow-Up After Completion of Your Plan”
and then return to the next section below.
Planning Quality
Control and Evaluation of Your Training Plan and Experiences

Follow-Up After
Completion of Your Plan

Follow the steps in the following section of the Guidelines.
Follow-Up After
Completion of Your Plan




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