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Building an advanced leadership development capability requires a direct linkage, or flow-down, from corporate strategic plans to the development programs and processes. This can be accomplished with a review and translation of long-term business objectives into goals and targets to be achieved by the leadership development program.
Reviewing the company’s strategic plan reveals changes that yield insights into key drivers and capabilities needed to meet the sought-after future state. For example, a drive to install Six Sigma or design thinking as a corporate improvement strategy, a plan to expand services into another country or geographic region, or a plan to introduce a new product across multiple markets served. Each of these would require either new, modified, or updated skills and capabilities from the leaders who will define and guide the work under those new circumstances or environments.