Leadership development – where’s the edge?

23 November 2010

Trinity House, Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DH

As we emerge from a period when organisational and political leaders have been challenged and changed as never before, it is essential for HR/OD to give tough consideration both to the kinds of leaders they need in future and how to develop them.

Who is it for?

HR directors and L&D heads of function who want to ensure their investment in future leaders will make a real difference.

Overview

As we emerge from a period when organisational and political leaders have been challenged and changed as never before, it is essential for HR/OD to give tough consideration both to the kinds of leaders they need in future and how to develop them. Were previous development strategies part of the problem, and a waste of time and money - and what should be done differently in future? What are the best ways to prepare leaders for the complex, fast-shifting, multi-cultural organisations of the future?

Content

The workshop will start with an overview of the essentials for an effective leadership development strategy, such as:

• defining leadership standards and roles - for example, strategic, people, creative and technical leadership - and allowing for different and shifting circumstances
• applying and tailoring these at the top and to leaders at other levels, to individuals and teams, and allowing for varied cultural traditions
•'make or buy' - determining the right choices and investmentIncisive measurement that really pinpoints what's needed and what's working, or not.

This will be followed by a robust participative discussion about what has or hasn't generated real results, and why. Issues to be covered include:

• recognising the value of experiential learning and development through roles
• the responsibilities of leaders as coaches, role models and ‘development managers'
• ensuring supplier quality and avoiding fads
• ensuring leaders do not ossify and lose perspective, and managing career ends.

David Burnham will comment on extensive research over 30 years into what generates superior leadership, with quantifiable outcomes.

Importantly, the workshop will provide an opportunity to engage with a selection of senior practitioners talking through leadership development initiatives they have undertaken, and the business benefits achieved. Contrasting case studies will be presented from three companies.