Emerging Leadership Development Practices that Create and Support a Culture of Leadership Excellence.

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This guide is part of a progression set comprised of Core, Advanced, and Emerging Leadership Development practices.

What it is

Emerging Leadership Development creates a leadership culture that becomes a part of the fabric of the company and is even synonymous with the company name. It is a commitment to continuously developing great leaders with investments of time, budget, and resources. It is backed by policy, practice, rewards, and recognition. It is a process that produces leaders who excel not just internally, but in subsequent companies as well. In the Emerging state, leaders are fully engaged in the development of themselves and others by proactively identifying, developing, and supporting future leaders who will ultimately replace them in key roles. 

Leadership development moves beyond the classroom into integrated active, on-the-job learning and development with job or project assignments, coaching and mentoring, and other informal development methods used to grow future leaders through experience augmented by formal learning methods. It assumes that leaders are best developed when learning happens on a continuous basis and when leaders are stretched and challenged, adding skills and capabilities that they can carry forward into future roles. 

It is measured for impact to ensure that the investments required for excellence in leadership yield a suitable return with a cadre of leaders at all levels being prepared to not only excel in current roles, but also to advance to positions of greater responsibility and influence. 

Why use it

Emerging leadership development creates heightened levels of engagement with the investment of time, resources, and attention to the growth needs of managers and executives and can do the same for all employees through improved management and leadership practices by those targeted for development. Given the focus on strategic skill sets, it can also have a positive impact on improvements in business performance, and because it is a continuous process acceleration and success of new business initiatives. 

With a greater number of leaders more actively engaged in the learning process, leadership bench strength can be enhanced while achieving more consistent messaging around business strategies and objectives. Further, more leaders and managers can be immersed in the desired culture and have those values reinforced more consistently by a greater number of their own leaders. Finally, it supports the building of a learning culture in general, where employee skills and capabilities develop in tandem with the company's evolution.  

Practice guides at this level

Defining and developing a leadership culture that drives and supports high performance.

A leadership culture provides a clear vision that teaches leaders at all levels how to conduct themselves in the execution of strategies, operational decision-making, and people management. 

Engaging leadership and introducing governance to reinforce the linkage of development efforts to the business.

Designed to increase ownership, enhance the sustainability of the processes, and reinforce the importance of continuous development of leadership to the long-term success and viability of the business.   

Blending learning and development delivery methods to optimize the acquisition of advanced skills.

Combining formal and informal learning methods to teach and then offer the immediate opportunity to practice, discuss, or coach new capabilities, behaviors, concepts, strategies, and skills.   

Measuring the development process and outcomes for impact and accountability.

Generating and tracking feedback and other metrics to evaluate the quality, value, and expense of leadership development. 

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