The more and more I research leadership training and development, the more I find that the majority of training is geared towards those already in mid to high level management positions. Further, those at the team level aren't normally considered for this training. Nor do they consider it themselves. This doesn't sit well with me. Aren't we supposed to train before we get in the game? For training to be effective, you need to do it at the beginning and develop the right skills throughout. A two hour leadership workshop is not going to make you a good leader; years of making mistakes, self awareness and learning will develop your leadership. But you need to know what skills and attributes to develop before you start.
Despite the CEO of a company having good intentions by wanting to develop a culture of excellence and a healthy work environment, if their front line leaders do not execute, the whole idea is nothing more than words on paper. Front line leaders are the ones who get things done. If they do not have strong leadership skills, the negative effects could be strategic in nature.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is trying to combat sexual harassment and abuse issues in its ranks, and it is driving this campaign from the top general all the way down to the newest soldier. However, for this to work it has to get the buy in from all levels of leadership, especially the tactical level, where the troops actually are. Once the plan takes hold there, it will succeed, because the CAF has outstanding tactical leaders. This level of confidence in tactical leadership should be in every organization, especially when the stakes are so high.
Every organization can have strong tactical leaders, and the CAF has demonstrated a tried and tested plan, train leadership at the very beginning and keep it in the forefront of everything the organization does. This way the development starts on day one, and doesn't stop.
Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to - Richard Branson
Strong leadership is the back bone of any organization. The more you can develop leadership in all levels of an organization, the stronger the spine.
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