Succession Planning and Leadership Development – The Role of Bosses in Succession Management

Bosses need to know the bench strength of the future leaders of an organization at all levels. A fully engaged boss will be continually assessing the leadership capability of his/her people.

As the executive coach of the managing partner of a law firm, we frequently discuss the best and brightest talent at the firm. The managing partner is acutely aware of the leadership development needs of his high potential attorneys.

Are you actively assessing your leadership talent, and providing proper training and learning experiences to grow your high-potential leaders?

Every boss must be a mentor and coach, investing energy and care to facilitate the development of high potentials. Bosses are best suited to observe rising leaders in action, ask questions, make suggestions and keep them focused on the right priorities. Every interaction becomes a training opportunity to develop the growth of leaders.

Few companies systematically compile useful information about their leadership resources. They have formal routines for collecting financial data and other indicators, but not for leadership development which is the very foundation of business success.

Filling the leadership pipeline:

o Continually revisit the criteria and methods for identifying leadership talent to remain attuned to external changes

o Assign individuals with leadership talent to a sequence of challenging work that builds capabilities while meeting current organizational needs

o Provide rigorous feedback to speed the development of leaders

o Increase the visibility of leaders within the company to solidify his or her connection with the business and allow other leaders to get to know the individual in depth

o Recognize and reward the best performers and adjust the talent tracks for those who fail to meet the standards

o Periodically report on the numbers and types of leaders at various levels and assess any current or anticipated gaps

o Keep the board informed about the strength of the leadership bench of the company, expose board members to leaders several tiers below the CEO, and help members get to know succession candidates in depth

Are you filling your leadership pipeline with the right type of leaders?

Working with a seasoned executive coach trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating leadership assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-i and CPI 260 can help you become a leader who is learning agile at managing talent. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become happily engaged with the strategy and vision of the company.

Leadership Development – 7 Key Concepts For Effective Leaders

Few people would argue that leadership is something that is needed in every aspect of public life. For some people, the important concepts of leadership can often be difficult to grasp. Perhaps it is a lack of mentoring or modeling that causes hesitancy in people to act in a leadership capacity. Another problem could be simply not having the understanding of what is expected of a leader in business or organizations. Here are seven key concepts every effective leader must capture to be most influential.

1. Effective behavior: As stated above a lack of role models acting in a leadership role in communities, business and organizations is a problem for many people. A leader is willing to behave in a manner that exemplifies the values purported by the mission statement of the organization. This behavior should be consistent over time and promote high ethical standards for others in the organization to model.

2. Stand for Something. A leader makes his or her choices obvious to those around them. That is, the leader stands for something. The old saying is that if you don’t stand for something, you fall for anything. By standing for choices with a solid foundation, a leader demonstrates how to maintain standards and how to come to a good decision.

3. Works With Others. A leader must be able to work with everyone including the person with the worse personality or the person that never speaks up in a meeting. Leaders lead so others are inspired to be better. Without the ability to get along with others, organizational goals will be hindered. A leader gets past petty surface issues and deals with people at all levels in ways that bring about, and maintain, harmony.

4. Unites others. Not only do leaders work well with other but they inspire others to work well with each other. Leaders have the ability to unite colleagues around a common vision. That means having the ability to communicate so diverse listening audiences understand what the future of an organization will look like and have the desire to be a part of that future by uniting their talents with others.

5. Influences Stakeholders. Organization stakeholders are people that have some type of vested interest in the success of an organization. An effective leader is responsible to ensure that stakeholders understand the operating direction of the organization and they are supportive of the activities within the organization. That means sharing the vision, mission, goals and priorities with the stakeholders so they can be a part of the organizations movement.

6. Stays Committed. A leader grows in levels of trust and respect by those they influence by being committed to stated goals, no matter the cost. This commitment is to organization goals, to the people the leader leads, to getting through difficulties, and from not backing down from challenges. Leaders are not blame-throwers. When something goes wrong they are willing to face the difficulties and shoulder the blame as needed while working continually to find a solution to the problem. By being committed, the leader inspires commitment from others.

7. Futurists. Leaders are the ultimate futurists. Never satisfied to stay in the status quo, the leader can see a better future then makes strategic plans to reach it with the backing of loyal followers. A leader is not complacent. They capture an innate creativity that lets them form plans to move forward, never being totally satisfied with a situation at hand while a problem still exists.

While these seven practices are not all encompassing to leadership, they provide a good frame for what to expect of a leader. If you are a leader in your organization or business, expect to be a life-long learner of people and organizations. Others will expect you to boldly take a stand so they can feel confident to follow where you lead.


Make a Difference – Buying Bulk Backpacks

By choosing to purchase backpacks in bulk you can easily help out in a community or even make a difference in one child’s life. Oftentimes a church or other organization that is charitable can use the bulk backpacks in order to make a difference in the world that will have a positive effect. There are several ways that you can make a difference in the world by donating backpacks in bulk.

Schools can use backpacks to give to children that need them. Some parents are unable to buy a new backpack every year and the school budget may not have enough left over in order to donate to these children. Donating backpacks in bulk will help every child get something they need. They will be able to take home their work and carry their other needed supplies to school and their parents will be grateful that their child has a new backpack.

The next organization that can benefit from backpacks in bulk are food pantries. Hunger affects people all over the world and the food that is needed in order to survive is not always affordable or in some places not easily accessible. Many organizations and food pantries have been able to start utilizing backpacks in order to send children home with a backpack full of nutritious foods so that they can have plenty to eat over the weekend. Many times these children only get the food they need from eating at school and in being able to send home food will make all the difference to a child that is hungry.

Lastly, backpacks in bulk can help in disaster relief. Many times natural disasters occur and when they do many are left without their homes and belongings. Organizations can benefit from backpacks as they can fill them with clothes, hygiene items, bottle water and other non-perishable foods that can benefit the victims of natural disasters. These things are greatly appreciated by those that have suffered from the natural disaster.

As you can see, by purchasing bulk backpacks you can start helping to make a difference whether it is in the life of a child or someone that has recently fallen victim. Donations are also welcome.

Also, if you have school aged children you can benefit from backpacks in bulk if your child or children are rough on their backpack and you find that you have to replace it midway through the school year. Having more on hand can help you replace the broken backpack. You can also buy backpacks in bulk and have them for the future school years and it will help you to save money.

Some organizations accept school supply donations so you can always fill a backpack with school supplies and donate the entire backpack to that organization. Children will be able to benefit from this and their parents will also be grateful.

These are just a few ideas of what you can do when you decide to purchase backpacks in bulk as the new school year approaches.