#TChat Recap: Leadership Development: Not Pushing It Off a Cliff

Leadership Development: Not Pushing It Off A Cliff

Being a leader is a constant reminder that you are a manager of people. Leadership development has never before been more recognized in the World of Work than it is today. Leaders have to be able to drive and manage change effectively. The truth is there a doubt that lingers in the World of Work that believes leaders are not capable of effectively driving and managing change, and it comes from at least 44% of executives that expressed their doubt, during a global study conducted by Oxford Economics and was commissioned by Sap SuccessFactors. This week our #TChat Community was joined by Mary Haskins, Vice President of Leadership Experience at SAP, who shared with us how to avoid any steep cliff falls with leadership development and reminded us of the importance in developing future leaders.

If there’s anything to be said about today’s leadership expectations, it’s that leaders have to be able to change and adjust to their working environments. People affect these working environments and have to be accounted for. That’s why leaders have to view change as a wheel that never stops spinning. Still, organizations are struggling to develop leaders:

Are we destined to fail at developing leaders? Or are we simply failing to connect the business development dots? Leadership development is about harnessing the power of people and their growth potential. Building effective leaders means understanding they are existing components of any business plan. How an organization performs depends on how leaders perform and how it trickles down to affect employees. Developing leaders also means understanding the most effective means for them to harness their leadership. We have to remember that:

Yes, every generation does want to lead in their own way. Is it wrong to want to do so? No, but if we do not connect how we lead with how we meet organizational goals then how can we expect to develop future leaders? We often view great leaders as individuals who are wise, respected, and experienced. So it’s easy to forget that:

Part of leadership development means having the courage to recognize generational differences and learning how to bridge them together. Being a leader is about managing people, but it also extends to understanding what makes people different and unique. This involves being progressive enough to actively drive and manage the change that happens naturally over the course of an organization’s lifespan, because its employees change and they also grow. Smart and trendy companies that are:

Developing effective leaders comes from constantly looking for developmental opportunities. Not letting your business fall over a cliff happens when you look for opportunities to stay current. Organizations, employees, and technology are constantly evolving around us. Standing still is the last thing we should ever be thinking about. Actively engaging employees, keeping up with industry trends, and not being afraid to experiment with developmental opportunities is how we can work to develop future leaders. We also mustn’t ignore generational differences that affect leadership, but instead educate ourselves to bridge generational differences together so we can grow together. Developing leaders means managing the change necessary to be effective and drive the business results that we all seek.

What Our Community Had To Say About Leadership Development On #TChat!

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#TChat Preview: How To Avoid The Business Leadership Cliff

The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET.

Last week we talked about employee engagement and the culture control panel, and this week we’re going to talk about the business leadership cliff and how to avoid it.

Even with a continued annual investment in leadership development, leadership overall is falling short in business today. Even worse, enterprises are doing a poor job developing leadership talent and aren’t investing in succession planning, so these issues are unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.

According to a new global study of more than 5,500 executives and employees across 27 countries, conducted by Oxford Economics and commissioned by SAP SuccessFactors, barely half of the executives surveyed said their companies possess the skills to effectively manage talent, and only 44% have faith that their leaders are capable of driving and effectively managing change.

The good news is that some companies are doing something about developing future leaders, working hard to make them multi-faceted, multi-functional and multi-conversational by giving them the cross-functional training and experience. By developing the talent and skills they need, companies doing this can position themselves to thrive around the 2020 workforce.

Join TalentCulture #TChat Show co-creator and host Meghan M. Biro as we learn about how steep the leadership cliff is and how we can avoid it with this week’s guest: Mary Haskins, Vice President of Leadership Experience at SAP.

To learn more about the Oxford Economics research for SAP, click here

Related Reading:

Mitchell Levy: The Thought Leadership Funnel

Meghan M. Biro: Listen Up Leaders: We Are All Millennials

Graham Winfrey: 7 Keys To Creating The Best Work Environment (Infographic)

Anita Bruzzese: How Leaders Can Keep A Team Engaged After Telling Them “No”

Lydia Dishman: 7 Inspiring Women On How They’ve Become Better Leaders With Age

Lolly Daskal: Take A Hard Look In The Mirror

We hope you’ll join the #TChat conversation this week and share your questions, opinions and ideas with our guest and the TalentCulture Community.

#TChat Events: How To Avoid The Business Leadership Cliff

TChatRadio_logo_020813#TChat Radio — Wed, October 29th — 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT Tune in to the #TChat Radio show with our host, Meghan M. Biro, as she talks with our guest: Mary Haskins.

Tune in LIVE online this Wednesday!

#TChat Twitter Chat — Wed, October 29th — 7:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm PT Immediately following the radio show, Meghan and Mary will move to the #TChat Twitter stream, where we’ll continue the discussion with the entire TalentCulture community. Everyone with a Twitter account is invited to participate, as we gather for a dynamic live chat, focused on these related questions:

Q1: Why do so many companies struggle with leadership development? #TChat (Tweet this Question)

Q2: How do generational differences impact delivery and adoption of leadership development? #TChat (Tweet this Question)

Q3: What are progressive companies doing to avoid the leadership cliff? #TChat (Tweet this Question)

Throughout the week, we’ll keep the discussion going on the #TChat Twitter feed, our TalentCulture World of Work Community LinkedIn group, and in our new TalentCulture G+ community. So feel free to drop by anytime and share your questions, ideas and opinions. See you there!!

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