Optimize the Leadership Development Program

Leadership development is expensive and its value is elusive – make sure you’re getting the most out of it.

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A leadership development program that is ineffective results in:

  • Wasted and reduced resources.
  • Lower engagement and productivity levels.
  • Lack of executive sponsorship for both the program and the function of HR.

Optimizing your leadership development program will result in:

  • A strategic leadership development program.
  • Increased executive buy-in and resources for the program.
  • The ability to be responsive to the organizational strategy and deliver on real business needs.
  • The capacity to demonstrate the value of the program with metrics.
  • Accountability among participants for their own development progress.
  • Integration and support of leadership competencies across HR functions.

Module 1: Make the case

The Purpose

  • Level-set the leadership development discussion.
  • Understand the value of optimizing your leadership development program. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand the benefits of improving your leadership development program.
  • Use McLean & Company’s Leadership Development Capability Model to understand your program’s level of capability.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Determine expectations for the workshop
1.2 Discuss the value and benefits of leadership development
  • A shared understanding of workshop expectations and what leadership development means in the context of this workshop

Module 2: Perform a holistic assessment of your current leadership development program

The Purpose

  • Gain an understanding of current leadership development pain points.
  • Place your program on the Leadership Development Capability Model.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identify the areas of your leadership development program that require the most optimization.
  • Get an action plan with next steps for improving your leadership development program.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Complete the Leadership Development Assessment Tool
  • Assessment results that indicate where the program’s greatest issues are and what should be focused on for improvement

Module 3: Set goals and metrics for measuring success

The Purpose

  • Establish metrics that will help you demonstrate the value and improvement achieved by completing this optimization project.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Use the metrics to assist with gaining executive buy-in.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Discuss the metrics that will be most significant in showing the value delivered by the leadership program
  • A baseline measurement of selected KPIs
  • Documented action plan items for measuring the impact of your leadership development program

Module 4: Address alignment and integration issues with your leadership development program

The Purpose

  • Align your leadership development program and competencies with your organizational strategy.
  • Ensure that leadership competencies are integrated and supported by all other HR functions.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Ensure that the organizational strategy is achieved.
  • Improve the value of the program by developing on skills and behaviors that are connected to organizational needs.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Align your organizational strategy and leadership competencies
  • Leadership competencies that support business imperatives
4.2 Review the integration of leadership competencies across your HR functions
  • A plan for integrating leadership competencies in functional areas of HR
  • Documented action plan items for alignment to organizational strategy, alignment of leadership competencies, and integration with other HR initiatives and systems

Module 5: Ensure that your program follows leadership development best practices

The Purpose

  • Ensure that the program is adhering to leadership development program best practices.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand how to leverage the work environment for development.
  • Establish evaluation and feedback mechanisms.
  • Develop accountability with participants for their own development.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Determine a variety of developmental activities that support and develop your leadership competencies
  • A list of varied developmental activities that focus on your aligned leadership competencies
5.2 Create a level of accountability among participants for their own development
  • Action plan items for improving accountability among participants

Module 6: Communicate and secure resources for a program re-launch

The Purpose

  • Calculate an ROI and budget for the leadership development program.
  • Communicate and re-launch the program with all stakeholders.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Clearly demonstrate the financial impact of the program on the important drivers of the business.
  • Ensure that the program is aligned and receives adequate support from executives.

Activities: Outputs:
6.1 Establish communication tactics for re-launching the program with different stakeholder groups
  • A communication plan
  • Documented action plan items for communicating and securing resources for the program

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