Top Leadership Development Blog Posts this Week: 3/23/18

March 23, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development may be the most important thing any company does. That’s why, every week, I review blogs and other publications that cover leadership development to find the very best leadership development posts. This week, you’ll find pointers to posts about leaders who think they’re better than they are, building trust, improving your one-on-ones, and five things to avoid in your leadership development program.

From Michelle M. Smith: What to Do About Leaders Who Think They Are Better Than They Are

“With fewer peers and more power, it’s easy for leaders to lose touch with those they lead. A study by Hay Group’s McClelland Center finds that senior leaders in an organization often gain power at the expense of self-knowledge, and are more likely to overrate themselves in self-awareness, self-management and social skills.”

From Darleen M DeRosa: Building Trust: A How-To for Leaders at All Levels

“If you’ve ever worked with someone you didn’t trust, you’re likely well aware of how much harder that can make it to get things done. Trust is the key ingredient for collaboration between team members. In fact, as noted in one study of 7,763 teams featured on NCBI, ‘findings confirm that intrateam trust is positively related to team performance, and has an above-average impact.’ But, how can leaders in an organization build trust with (and between) their teams and with other stakeholders? Some key strategies include:”

From Karlyn Borysenko: Here’s Your Guide to Holding Effective One-on-Ones

“One of the most under-appreciated tools of any manager’s toolkit is the one-on-one meeting. It’s a regular time for you to connect with each person reporting to you, get a sense of what they’re working on, where their priorities are, any obstacles that are in their way, share information they need to know, and (most importantly!) develop a relationship with them grounded in trust.”

From Gordon Tredgold: If your Business Isn’t Doing These 5 Things, Then Your Leadership Training is a Waste of Money

“Throughout my career, I must have attended at least a dozen leadership programs whose goal was to help foster leadership skills growth within the organization. Now while many of these were fun, and I did learn a bit about myself, I wouldn’t say that the companies got anywhere near a decent return on their investment. And the reason for this is that although isolated one-off training can add value, that value is quickly diminished if it’s not supported by an environment that not only supports but also promotes leadership development.”

Wally Bock is a coach, a writer and President of Three Star Leadership.

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