How to develop future leaders in your business
Good leadership makes for successful organisations. This is because well led employees are more motivated and productive. They deal better with change and are more likely to be satisfied in their roles. So when a gap appears in your leadership team how can you develop future leaders to help move your business forward?
There is no doubt that some people are more naturally predisposed to leadership roles – they seem to have what it takes to be a leader. You may have spotted these people in your business already.
But it is also possible to create leaders within your organisation with the right investment. Here’s how:
Lead from the front
Leadership starts at the top and filters down. An organisation that has clear objectives and a strong ethos delivered by a dynamic senior management team is far more likely to create leaders from within.
It’s important to recognise individuals who have a natural aptitude for inspiring others to get things done. These are the future leaders of your organisation.
Carry out annual appraisals, recognise those who go above and beyond their job specification, and reward this behaviour. This will motivate your high performing staff and keep them loyal until the ideal leadership opportunity becomes available.
Understand and harness different leadership styles
There are many leadership styles. Some leaders work well in a crisis; others to achieve long term aims. When identifying potential leadership talent it’s worth remembering two different approaches can work equally well. Having leaders with range of different styles can enhance an organisation.
Set up mentoring
Having identified those with potential, it’s important to invest time in them to prepare them for increasing levels of responsibility. Providing a mentor – a role model who has already succeeded – may provide the support and motivation they need to take on larger challenges.
Coaching them and monitoring their goals will also provide a road map to guide the potential leader along their journey.
Invest and develop
Leadership skills can be learnt. There are a huge range of courses and training opportunities that can be explored, such as task-based leadership activity days, mindfulness and personality awareness, and even academic study.
Talk to the future leaders in your organisation to see what type of development they would prefer and which they think would be of benefit to their team. Investing in their potential at the right time will help you retain your top staff.
Provide challenges and take calculated risks
Leaders flourish in difficult situations. Be sure to empower them to make decisions and trust their abilities, allowing them to achieve their own successes. There may be a big project coming up in your business that needs someone to spearhead it – this is the ideal opportunity for a developing leader to step up.
Ultimately they will become the mentors and role models for the next generation of leaders in your organisation.
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