Buckingham and Coffman wrote in their benchmark business best seller, “First, Break All the Rules” in 2001. In it they wrote that five factors were responsible for how long the average employee stayed at an organization, and how productive that employee was while there. These five factors were:
• Work environment/procedures
• Immediate supervisor
• Overall company/senior management
• Individual commitment/service intention
Buckingham and Coffman found that, “The talented employee may join a company because of its charismatic leaders, its generous benefits, and its world-class training programs, but how long that employee stays and how productive he is while he is there is determined by his relationship with his immediate supervisor.”
How do YOUR leaders measure up to this challenge?
Given all this, we can add to the scenario that most organizations choose leaders on the basis of their TECHNICAL skills, not for demonstrated or even potential leadership skills. The presumption is that because they were good technically that they’ll be good leaders. They’re often put into leadership positions without benefit of any training or education in how to be a leader. The implication is “Don’t worry; you’ll pick it up. You were a good X. Therefore you’ll be a good leader of X’s.” A kind of expensive on-the-job training.
How many of YOUR leaders did your organization select and train this way?
Are you comfortable with YOUR answers to the questions above?
If not, let Saratoga Resource Group LLC help you develop your leaders. We offer individual employee assessment services such as 20/20® Insight Gold, the Managerial Assessment of Proficiency ( MAP), and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®). We also offer assessment services at an organizational level. These measure the organizational culture and steps for alignment of that culture with organizational mission. We also offer a broad range of training and development solutions, including EXCEL and the other resources of HRD Press and other publishers. In addition, we have a broad range of original course topics. These are all customized to meet the needs of our clients.
Saratoga Resource Group: A Human Capital Point of View
We want our client companies and organizations, and the people who lead them, to be the best that they can be.
Contact us today for a no-obligation conversation about how we can help you with your leadership development needs. And let us help you begin to change your answers to some of these tough questions.