3 Phases To Leadership Development

Water Ripple photo by Bill Gracey

Great leadership doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process. But, companies are increasing their budgets on leadership training programs. Leadership contributor on Forbes, Mike Myatt, wrote in an article, “U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars on leadership-based curriculum.” While he identifies “The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails,” here are 3 phases to leadership development.

Find Your Talent

Sometimes easier said than done. Finding the right fit talent for leadership is essential to the success of the team and each individual. The individual doesn’t need to be friends with everyone. They don’t even need to be liked by everyone. Leadership isn’t about making everyone like you. However, people should still want to follow the talent’s vision. Along with this, your talent should be closely scrutinized for values alignment. It will be a long, hard, road to development if the leadership coach and future leader don’t see eye-to-eye on the core values. This isn’t to say that future leaders can’t overcome this hurdle, but it should be approached with caution.

Individualized Impressive Experiences

Follow the 3 Easy E’s to understand your team on an individualized level. This will provide the framework to your leadership development program.

This video of Always #LikeAGirl campaign to Champion Girls’ Confidence shows how we can impact a person’s life through relevant experiences. How do you think the boy at 01:06 felt? There’s no doubt that what he experienced in that moment has made an impression he will never forget.

This video of END IT Movement brings trafficking awareness to Atlanta, Georgia. Take a moment to pause the video at 01:55 and share what you think she is feeling in the comments below. Impressive experiences are what will mold future leaders for a lifetime.


Like a brand new sponge under running water, self-reflection is needed to allowing this immersive experience to be completely absorbed. You can often find tools online to help enhance this period. Use these tools as a resource to create your own. Allowing your growing leader to have a sabbatical during this time can provide exponential returns. A sabbatical is meant to allow for the development of 3 perspectives: How you view others? How you view work? How you view yourself? “Great leaders hunger for life-long learning.” and part of that learning is self-reflection.

Do you have a leadership development program?

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