Your weekly double shot is “Leadership Development: People not Classes”
Our first Learning Rebels in 15 is out of the bag!
Why not start this series with a topic that got EVERYONE riled up? “Why Leadership Development Programs Fail.” There was a lot of discussion around this topic and I think we captured it's essence here.
In short, a lot of money is being spent on leadership development programs. In fact, a McKinsey report tells us that U.S. companies alone spend almost $14 billion annually on leadership development. However, we find that these programs fail with increasing speed and regularity.
What’s behind this failure, and how can we make improvements that can really impact the “way we’ve always done it”?
In this Learning Rebels in 15 - Coffee chat participants David K., Andrea J., Joe M., Andrew J., and Angie E. from the original episode discuss three main points:
Point #1: Fail - We treat Leadership development as one-size-fits-all programs. As we all know, training programs built for everyone usually benefit no one.
Point #2: Fail - Programs are treated as theatre.
Point #3: Crazy thought - moving leadership from classes to cohort.
To keep this short, I’ll leave you with this thought:
It’s not the programs or processes that make organizations successful - it’s the people. So let’s take the theatre out of leadership development and focus on building successful leaders rather than mediocre leadership programs.