Developing people is an art and a skill that’s essential in leadership. However, thousands of professionals worldwide have leadership titles but do very little to help others grow. Then there is a segment of those with a title who not only measure their success based on their short-term results, but also on their legacy of helping other people achieve their potential.
Your company doesn’t have to be the size or have the budget of Lippert Components to have a leadership development academy. What you need are business leaders who value the development of people and understand success isn’t sustainable without great leadership at all levels.
The vast majority of professionals get promoted into management roles without any prior experience or training on how to effectively lead other people. This kind of approach would be fine if the job was putting mail in mailboxes, but managing other people has massive effects on peoples’ lives.
“I didn’t know what my job was, why I was doing it and how I was doing.” It was those words that summarized almost exactly why the cliche “People leave managers, not companies” is true. Reality had set in, she was leaving me, not the business.