Is that definition understood by all of your employees?
These simple questions drive leadership development, so much so, that nothing else is as critical for any organization seeking to strengthen leadership development and align it with core business and talent strategies. Accomplishing this convergence – the merging of commonly separate things into one integrated whole – is critical to modern business success, and clearly defining leadership itself is the foundation upon which most efforts succeed or fail.
As you align leadership development, talent strategy, and business strategies, ask yourself the following questions:
- How clearly are your core business strategies stated?
- How closely is your leadership development tied to your practical business strategies?
- How widely are your core business strategies known and understood by your employees?
- How well is your talent strategy aligned with your business strategy?
- Does your leadership development plan meet your existing and future talent needs?
If you don’t have a simple, written definition of leadership, create one.
If your core business strategies are not stated clearly, rewrite them.
If your talent strategy does not align with your business strategy, change it.
Making these changes to align your leadership development with your talent and business strategies, thereby accelerating this convergence, will help your organization remain viable, profitable, and enjoyable. Don’t delay. Don’t procrastinate. These are simple actions you can begin to take now. And don’t forget the cherry!