Highly effective leadership teams are critical to organizational success. As Baby Boomers transition out of the workforce, organizations are faced with an ever-increasing need for new leaders.

Over my 35-year career, I have witnessed a variety of leadership styles used by highly effective individuals. These individuals seemed to have effortlessly connected and engaged their teams. Upon closer look, they demonstrated a set of essential skills, which they used across multiple settings and situations.

They are highly self-aware and driven, they know how to listen, know how to respond, and they know how to motivate others. They genuinely care about their teams while clearly communicating their organization's mission and achieving their goals. They are great role models and are skilled at understanding and resolving conflict.

Where to begin?
You may be asking, how do we cultivate these abilities in future and existing leaders? These five steps provide a basic roadmap for creating a leadership development program:

First, know your corporate culture, then identify the skills needed to be successful.

Second, determine how you will teach those skills using internal resources or outside consultation.

Third, create interactive and fun learning sessions to teach the skills identified.

Fourth, teach your management team how to cultivate leadership skills in others by learning how to effectively coach and mentor. The goal is to continuously develop future leaders as well as enhance the skills of your current leadership team.

Fifth, embed specific leadership skills into your manager/supervisor performance evaluation tool. This helps to drive home the message that these skills are deemed essential components of an effective leader in your organization.

Leadership training to consider
There are many ways to approach leadership training, and in many cases it’s helpful to get started with a topic of interest. Here are some topics available through The Bonadio Group, but more options are available through our organization and others.

  • Core Elements of Leadership
  • How To Supervise and Motivate Your Team
  • Understanding and Managing Challenging Staff Behavior
  • Resolving Conflict and Navigating Successful Mediation
  • Progressive Discipline Doesn’t Have to Hurt

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” —Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric

Evelyn Magdaleno is a principal based out of our New York City office.

This material has been prepared for general, informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. Should you require any such advice, please contact us directly. The information contained herein does not create, and your review or use of the information does not constitute, an accountant-client relationship.

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