Upending Leader Development

The following is an excerpt. Read the full post on the MontaRosa blog.

Art by Andy Goldsworthy

Firms spend an enormous amount of money on leadership development, creating lists of competencies, structuring modules, and crafting evaluations. For the most part, the money and effort is wasted. Why?

Too many initiatives spend an exhorbinant amount of time wordsmithing lists of compentencies rather than focusing on the underlying drivers of excellent leadership.  One has great control over one’s capacity to lead. With purposeful action, it is infinitely expandable. I have interviewed dozens of leaders from the corporate world, non-profits, and government organizations and the truly effective ones have two things in common in terms of how they build their capacity: they are self-aware and they are curious – they are lifelong learners who ask a lot of questions. Many leadership development programs spend little time encouraging these traits.

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