Depending on the decade, there seems to be widely divergent definitions of leadership development. Based on the research and my experience in what works in this new millennium, I define Leadership Development as a deliberate and systematic process to:
- Identify critical leadership competencies,
- Identify pools of high-potential candidates at all levels of the organization,
- Accelerate the development of mission-critical leadership competencies through intentional development, and,
- Regularly measure progress.
This definition is very close to my definition of succession management. That’s no coincidence. I view them as strongly linked talent management processes. (Go here for more information on building a robust Succession Management Process.)
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