Lead, Manage & Succeed
In the past, organizations were only expected to be effective, efficient, and profitable. In today’s connected global economy where constant, rapid change is the name of the game, past expectations are just the tip of the iceberg. Organizational leaders and managers face new challenges as they strive to help their teams cope and succeed in the face of regular, ongoing change.
Many organizations promote the erroneous belief that leaders are born with some innate, supernatural qualities, while managers are merely mortal humans with great organizational skills. But it’s not true.
Effective leaders do have to listen to all their stakeholders, employees, board members, stockholders, clients, collaborators, and partners. Leaders must also learn how to increase their emotional intelligence while leading from their core values. Challenging maybe, but supernatural? Definitely not.
Leadership development and management development matter because the necessary skills can be taught to anyone and mastered by anyone who is willing to develop herself consistently and be disciplined about it.
Here’s the million dollar question for anyone looking to develop her or his organization’s managers and leaders.
What’s the difference between leadership development and management development?
- Set the direction of the organization
- Inspire and motivate the organization to achieve their vision
- Align the inputs and efforts of organizational stakeholders (team board members, employees, clients, collaborators, partners, stockholders, etc.) to keep the vision alive
- Create a culture that will help bring the vision to life
- Execute the leader’s vision within the budget and allocated resources
- Manage the teams that will execute the vision
- Solve operational problems as they pop up
My leadership development programs develop essential skill sets, such as:
- Enterprise change management
- Embodying leadership presence
- Creating organizational values that last
- Collaborating in a complex world
- Using your network to benefit your organization
- Developing sustainable, high-performing teams
- The Art of Listening
My management development programs improve core competencies, such as:
- Delegating appropriately
- Encouraging effective teams
- Coaching to WIN BIG
- Enhancing communication
- Managing conflict
Developing essential skills and improving core competencies take time, so don’t be surprised if the occasional one-off workshop or retreat doesn’t achieve the sustainable results you seek. In my experience, both leadership development programs and management development programs are much more effective when they span a longer period of time.
As useful as longer term organizational development programs are, not every organization has the available time or resources to devote to them. If you are interested in other options, contact me to create a workshop or webinar, or to deliver a keynote that will immediately benefit your organization.