Leadership Growth

Leadership Growth

Where have all the leaders gone?

leadership growth

A dearth of good leaders will cause the downfall of even the best organizations. Even a cursory examination of news outlets or the Wall Street Journal will confirm this.

Unfortunately, most believe that leadership is something that should grow within a person organically almost as if it has mythical properties, when in fact, it is something that should be focused on and nurtured over time.

Too often today we do two things that are most detrimental to the development of true leaders. First, we promote people who are excellent at doing the job, not those who show great leadership potential, and Second, we give people full-time jobs and then, almost as an afterthought, say “Oh, by the way, you’ll be leading this team, too.”

Given that those are most often our starting points, it really isn’t a wonder that we don’t have deep bench strength of great leadership in our organizations.

Leadership Development at CAC

At CAC, our leadership development efforts focus on Effectiveness and Impact. We believe that by building individual, leadership, and management effectiveness, business goals will be more readily achieved.

We can help you put the focus where it needs to be by helping you do the following:

  • Structure roles so that leadership gets the focus it needs
  • Build individual and team leadership development programs that can marry self-directed learning, leader-led learning, instructor-led learning, and online learning
  • Ensure that all leadership development is focused on the implementation and business impact of the skills, not on the developmental events

This work can stand independently or can marry nicely with the competency and succession planning work mentioned on the Organization Development page.

We can build programs based on your specific needs and culture, and/or deliver pre-existing programs customized to meet your organization’s situation.

The types of topics we offer instructor-led programs around include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Coaching and Feedback
  • Meeting Skills
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Building Effective Relationships and Partnering
  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Building and Leading Teams
  • Being an Effective Team Member
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Personal and Organization Accountability
  • Change Management
  • Delegation
  • Execution
  • Strategic Planning and Goal Setting
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Utilizing the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator

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Leadership Bookshelf

Since it’s not always possible to get to a class in person or find just the right learning opportunity online, we find that books can often give our clients the just-in-time information they need.

Here are some of the books I recommend most often to clients.

Leadership Reference Books:

FYI: For Your Improvement: A Guide for Development and Coaching, Michael M. Lombardo and Robert W. Eichlinger

Successful Manager’s Handbook: Develop Yourself, Coach Others, Personnel Decisions Internationals

The Team Handbook, Peter R. Scholtes, Brian L. Joiner, Barbara J. Streibel

Business Literature:Topic:
7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen CoveyPersonal Development; Personal Accountability; Self-Actualization
The Oz Principle, Roger Connnors and Tom SmithPersonal Accountability
Journey To The Emerald City, Roger Connors and Tom SmithOrganizational Accountability
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Michael GelbCreativity and Innovation; Personal Development
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, Chip and Dan HeathChange Management
Lessons in Excellence from Charlie Trotter and Paul ClarkeGuest Service
Fabled Service: Ordinary Acts, Extraordinary Outcomes, Betsy SandersGuest Service
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, Rosamund Zander, Benjamin ZanderCreativity and Innovation, Personal Development
Leading Change, John P. KotterChange Management
Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest, Peter BlackLeadership Development
Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable, Patrick LencioniMeeting Management, Leadership Development
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Larry Bossidy and Ram CharanExecution, Leadership Development
The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Rober L. SuttonExecution, Leadership Development
On Becoming A Leader, Warren BennisLeadership Development
Principle-Centered Leadership, Stephen CoveyLeadership Development
The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny In Business And In Life, Jim LoehrPersonal Development, Influence, Leadership Development
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al SwitzlerCommunication, Conflict Management, Leadership Development