Effective leadership always has been, and always will be the key to better business. Leadership helps retain your employees, satisfy clients, and maximize a team’s potential. The best leaders understand the strengths and weaknesses of their employees, and constantly look for ways to put them in positions to succeed. However, this level of leadership is not a destination, it is a journey of continuous growth. You don’t just become or create a “good” leader and then stay that way forever. So, how can organizations spur this growth and maintain it?
To help leaders achieve their potential, the most successful organizations use learning assessments to guide development. Tools like the EQ-i 2.0, the DRiV, the CSI, ISI, or MBTI are all great ways to help nurture more effective leaders. However, just taking the assessment doesn’t make someone a better leader. An assessment is a great first step, but to become a truly great leader, you need an action plan that can guide your way. Let’s explore how we can use assessments to create effective action plans and take a holistic approach to leadership enhancement.
1. Having a North Star
Assessments are like a compass. You can’t have a journey if you don’t know what direction to go! Assessments provide a clear starting point by identifying leadership strengths, areas of improvement, and key personality traits.
While a compass can point you North, it won’t show you the obstacles, roadblocks, and pitfalls. This is why creating an effective action plan is necessary for true development.
2. Workshops for Skill Enhancement
Workshops offer immersive learning experiences where leaders can acquire new skills and tools they can take back to their organization. With expert workshop facilitation, the best workshops teach effective communication, conflict resolution, and strategic thinking. Assessment results can help the facilitator tailor the workshop content to address your specific organizational needs!
3. Informational Webinars
Many organizations have an idea of what they want but need a hand in diagnosing specific needs or solutions. Webinars serve as a great, budget-friendly way to sample information. By sharing organizational approaches to leadership development, you can help learn the nuances of different assessments, and which ones would most benefit your organization!
4. Personalized Coaching
Individual coaching is one of the strongest ways to unlock leadership potential. A skilled coach, armed with a leader’s assessment, can give powerful and transformative insight. Receiving individualized suggestions can be a valuable opportunity to get unbiased input on how best to move forward.
5. Actionable Development Plans
As we’ve discussed, assessments are a great first step, but they’re best utilized when they lead to an action plan. The best plans are actionable, and outline tangible steps, timelines, and milestones. With help, a leader should have an action plan that creates intentional, measurable growth.
6. Tracking Progress
Many organizations fail to effectively develop leadership because they see it as a one-time event. Assessment-based development is a continuous process. Scheduled re-assessments help measure progress, which helps leaders to organically adapt their action plan, and celebrate the achievements they’ve made.
7. Cultivating Versatility
Part of good leadership action plans involve versatility. Having an action plan is crucial, but a leader who struggles to deviate from that plan will find limited success. By analyzing assessment results, organizations can facilitate learning experience that intentionally cultivate adaptability, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.
8. Holistic Leadership Growth
The synergy between assessments, workshops, webinars, and coaching creates a comprehensive growth ecosystem. It takes a village to raise a leader, and all these factors combined can create a leader who evolves not just in skill, but also in character, ethics, and emotional intelligence.
Effective leadership requires an effective action plan. Assessments, coaching, workshops, and webinars are all extremely useful pieces of a greater puzzle. They provide a data-driven roadmap which enable organizations to create and target specific skills or areas of interest. This integrated approach propels leaders towards their fullest potential, driving organizational success in a rapidly evolving business landscape. To learn more about how Otto Kroeger Associates (OKA) leverages over 40 years of experience to create exceptional action plans, contact us at email@example.com.