As some of you may have noticed, I am very interested in Leadership and how it can impact a team and an organization. One of my mentor, Ted Hayes, my former teacher in Employee Engagement at George Washington University forwarded me a very interesting white paper written by +Nick Petrie from the Center for Creative Leadership.
He worked on what is called Vertical Leadership Development which needs our attention. The following article is based on his white paper that you can find here.
We all heard of Leadership development which are used to assess and develop leaders development at work. There is also this belief that we cannot improve our leadership which I understand when I see leaders going to workshops and coming back with more knowledge than before but not implementing critical changes in their work.
This is where Vertical Leadership comes into play. As Nick Petrie mentions it, current leadership development focus on providing more knowledge or proofs that leaders have to change. Another issue can be that the programs do not talk to the leaders which may also come back to work with no to few support to implement their changes. It can also be hard to implement a change when the program length does not go over few days. Unfortunately, I am not going to become the best cook ever by reading cooking books but by trying and getting advice from experts. This works the same way for leadership and many other subjects.
In the white paper “four common issues” are cited when explaining the failure of current Leadership programs:
- “Wrong Focus”: Too much information not enough practical advice
- “Lack of connectivity”: Program’s content does not fit Leader’s need
- “Leader in isolation”: Back to work leaders are left alone without supports to help them change.
- “Too short”: The programs lack a long term aspect.