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Designing Leadership Programs for Your Organization

July 6, 2020

At any organization, the most valuable resources are your employees. Finding ways to develop the skills of your employees can be a challenge, but it is an important one. Leadership programs are some of the best ways that you can invest in developing talent at your company. 

As you try to determine the type of leadership training that is best suited to your workplace, it is important to keep in mind the different leadership styles that employees may use. It is also important to consider what type of programs will help you get the most from your high potential employees. 

What are Leadership Programs?

Leadership programs are workplace-orientated training opportunities that you can provide for your employees to improve their skill development. While most companies focus on developing their managers, leadership programs can be created for your employees no matter what their position is with your company. 

These types of programs are usually designed to focus on the main leadership traits, such as:

  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Delegation

How important are Leadership Programs in the Workplace?

There are several benefits to having good leadership programs for your employees including:

  1. Increased engagement: focusing on helping employees develop their skills and potential within your company can improve engagement. As your employees see that you care about their development and you’re willing to invest in them, they will become more interested and committed to helping your company succeed. 
  1. More innovation: the right set of leadership training can unlock creativity in your employees, which will lead to more innovation. Leadership programs encourage your employees to continue to learn new things and new ways of doing their jobs. The environment that it can cultivate for your teams will inspire more creative ways to accomplish tasks. This is especially true when it comes to problem-solving.
  1. Enhanced collaboration: leadership programs are a good tool for enhancing collaboration and building trusted teams. When done right, they can cultivate a cooperative and open atmosphere, which helps employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas. 
  1. Internal advancement: one of the main goals of leadership training is to help develop the talent that you already have. This internal advancement benefits both the employees and your organization. By letting your employees know they have a future at your company, you will see improved engagement, productivity and commitment on behalf of your employees. 

Leadership Styles

There are a number of different types of leadership styles but most employees will use several different ones, depending on the situation they face. These are some of the most common types of leadership styles:

  1. Autocratic. Those using this style of leadership will often take control of the decision-making process regardless of how others feel about the issue. Although this style is less likely to be used in today’s workplaces, it may still have its advantages. In particular, if a decision needs to be made quickly you may want to use the autocratic style of leadership. 
  2. Authoritative or visionary. Authoritative leaders are more open than autocrats. These leaders will often explain the reasons behind their decisions. You can recognize an authoritative leader by their confident manner and clear direction. They are good to have in the workplace because they help others get on board with the organization’s plans and vision. 
  3. Democratic. With this leadership style, everyone feels like they are a part of the decision-making process. A democratic leader asks others for their input on a situation before they take any action. This style is good for promoting team spirit and cooperation among employees. 
  4. Coach. A coach-style leader is another way to enhance a team atmosphere among your employees. Leaders who employ the coaching style focus on helping others develop their full potential. 

How to Lead High Potential Employees

When it comes to making the most of your high potential employees there are a few strategies that you can use. These include:

  • Self-learning tools: High potential employees are ambitious and love to learn new things. Self-learning tools like e-learning programs were practically designed for these types of individuals. Allow your high potentials to work through the material at their own pace. Be sure to give them opportunities to practice the skills they are learning. 
  • Career mapping: Help your high potential employees create a personalized career map so they know what to expect in the future. Career mapping can also help them to see what skills or abilities they need to sharpen before they can take on more responsibilities at your company. 
  • Workplace mentorships: For high potential employees who thrive on challenges, mentorship is one of the best ways to help them develop their skills.  It will give them an opportunity to learn from someone who has already achieved a leadership position at your company. A workplace mentoring program is essentially a structured, personalized training opportunity where the employee defines goals and their mentor helps them take the steps they need to achieve them. 
  • Networking: Providing opportunities for your high potentials to network will be an advantage both to them and to your organization. High potentials value the chance to build good relationships with others that are supportive and beneficial to everyone. 

Giving your employees an opportunity to gain new leadership skills can cultivate a positive atmosphere at work, increase employee engagement and improve productivity. While the types of training that you provide may depend on your industry and the skills you want your employees to work on, you’ll also need to take into account the type of leadership style your employees have. Moreover, you will want to invest in different programs to help lead your high potentials to be their best. 

At Together, we are dedicated to partnering with you to create the right balance of leadership training programs and opportunities, including workplace mentorships. Why not let us help you make the most of your employees’ talents and skills with our High Potentials Program?

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