Are You Brave Enough for Leadership Development?
Do you remember your first business mentor? That sage who took you under their wing and “taught you the ropes” of your chosen field?
More than likely you’ve had a few mentors along the way, each having their influence on your development as a leader.
You’ve probably spent many hours and thousands of dollars on books, seminars, or consultants to help you develop your and others in your organization develop leadership skills.
Think about all those times you and your team left the office, spent time with a leadership development trainer in a sterile environment, and then tried to put those ideas into practice in “the real world” of your company.
How did that work for you?
Maybe It’s Time to Rethink Leadership Development
Over the years, I’ve sought various avenues to develop my own leadership skills. But one thing I learned is this – leadership is not formulated in the cold confines of a seminar; it happens in the trenches of everyday business. It occurs when we look up from the latest and greatest leadership guru’s book and look to our team.
Mentorship from the Bottom Up
While contemplating the evolving landscape of leadership development, I ran across some interesting articles that have a new spin on the old topic of business leadership development.
Typically, when a company considers its plan for training future leaders, it’s often assumed that training should begin from the top and filter down the ranks.
But some CEO’s are looking for a new alternative to the same rank and file. They are reaching out to the Millennials in their organization and creating a reverse mentoring relationship. For example, Melanie Whelan, SoulCycle’s CEO, relies on her Millennial mentor to keep up with the times and understand the younger generation.
Leadership Development as an Agile System
Some experts in the leadership development field suggest that current methods of leadership training just aren’t working.One such expert is Deborah Rowland.In her article, Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders, Rowland claims that “Too many business leaders today are out of touch with the employees they lead.”
Maybe she is right.
The hospitality industry is constantly evolving. Old ways of doing leadership development does not necessarily translate into continuing success.
You need to find and develop leaders within your organization to serve not only your customers but also serve the mission of your business.
In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the benefits of seeking out the Millennials in your organization. This is a fantastic group who want to make a difference in the world. They have their ear to the ground, untapped insight, and an amazing ability to change quickly.
When it comes to finding leaders, consider not only how you can help your protégés grow as leaders, but also consider what you can learn from them, such as, books to read, apps to download, or, more importantly, discovering a different point of view.
Skip this step, and you may be overlooking a powerful secret weapon.
Are you brave enough?
Remember, you can thrive in the pursuit of your passion and excellence.