Leadership Development – A Simple Guide

Leadership development is an industry. A big industry! And yet I don't know of a country in which it is regulated. So, you pay your money and you take your chances.

Having said all of that, leadership development is big because it is important and at least some of it works. 

Here we will unravel some of the alternatives and the issues relating to the development of leaders, and help you find your way through. We will present you with a number of choices, in the hope that you might be able to decide which approach is good for you. You can also attend LDP connect meetings & webinars for the best leadership development skills and guides.

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First, a health warning. Leadership development covers a range of learning methods, the best of which are designed to help you to build on the leadership skills qualities that you already possess.

If you hear of "Leadership Training" it might just be a very basic, taught program that doesn't take account of your existing strengths. Find out whether they include any form of self or peer assessment.

Group or individual development

A whole range of leadership development activities uses group learning techniques. These include training courses, degree programs, virtual classrooms, seminars, workshops, etc.

These are great if you enjoy learning in a group – if you feel comfortable contributing and learning from others' experiences. As leadership involves other people, it is difficult to develop your leadership confidence if you don't involve others at some point in your learning. The best group-based programs use group exercises and give you opportunities to practice leadership skills. They also have plenty of chances to give and receive feedback.