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Avoiding mistakes in leadership development

This is a brief description of 4 reasons why leadership development programs fail based on the authors’ conversations with hundred of CEOs.  Each of the following four challenges are described and tips to overcome the problems are given.

  • Overlooking context: the same skill set or leadership style does not apply to all situations
  • Decoupling reflection from real work: should the program be off site or integrated into the day job?
  • Underestimating mind sets: the need to look below the surface as a precondition to behavior change
  • Failing to measure results.

An interesting fact mentioned in this article: Adults only retain about 10 percent of what they hear in a classroom setting versus about 66 percent of what they learn by doing.

Source: Gurdjian, P., Halbeisen, T., and Lane, K.  Why leadership-development programs fail.  The McKinsey Quarterly, Jan. 2014.  Click here to access this article: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/leading_in_the_21st_century/why_leadership-development_programs_fail  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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