Everyone knows a well-defined business strategy is important. But few give thought to the leadership strategy that’s needed to make it happen.
Too often, organizations hold onto an old list of leadership competencies (or just keep endlessly adding to it). Or, they create talent programs that are too generalized — not factoring in the specific business strategies of their organization.
This disconnected approach to developing organizational and individual leadership won’t equip senior management, up-and-coming talent, nor everyday leaders to adapt to change and meet new goals.
When setting bold strategies that call for changes in the direction or capabilities of the organization, the leadership gap must be considered. One of the first questions to ask is: Do we have the leadership we need for the strategy we’ve set?
A leadership strategy is a map that aligns investments in leadership development with the strategy, goals, and aspirations of the business.
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