Why is Leadership Development so ineffective?

2941559903_484dcd49ee_bLeadership is a word that has a broad meaning and leadership development is what? Do we know or has it become a grey area? About the only consensus that we can find is that management is not leadership, yet some would argue that you need to be able to manage effectively before you can lead.

However leadership development still remains as academic as possible and the reason is simple … ‘Facts are easier to teach than creativity and emotion’. Yet this does not make leadership development effective and I would argue that it’s a gross waste of money.

Why don’t we teach Creativity and Emotion?

We have been conditioned to think that creativity and emotion have no part in our working environment. We believe that work is work and play is play. Work is serious and play is fun. This approach is interesting to say the least, especially when we consider that Play is the opposite of Work (according to the dictionary that is). Yet we know that people are more productive and creative when they having fun.

We can agree we are faced with a dilemma. How do we solve this and how do we change the way we develop leaders? Simple have a look at leadership and you will notice that leadership is all about relationship. To be effective in any relationship you need to be able to establish trust and communicate (listen, talk and interact), putting your words into actions – Is that not what leadership is about? The technical skills that a leader may need can be learnt but more often than not the relationship skills come too late.

Lets teach relationship skills – listening, interacting and communicating effectively, so that trust can be built amongst people. Then we will have leaders, because our first profession is leadership and then whatever else we chose to do.

Photo credit: Joi / Foter / CC BY

Advertisements

About RichSimmondsZA

Father | Professional Speaker | Top 50 International & Forbes Top 10 African Social Influencer | RuleBreaker and ChangeMaker | Author 5 Night Plan & MugAndTweet Books
This entry was posted in LEADERSHIP, Social Communication and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Why is Leadership Development so ineffective?

  1. Pingback: Leader of the Future (Part 1) – The Visionary | RichSimmonds

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s