Why Ongoing Leadership Development is Necessary

an article by Barb McEwen
The loyalty and trust of other people generate the cooperation necessary for achieving your dreams and goals.
Charles J. Givens

The fabric of a company is made up of its people, its ideas and the focus of its teams to carry plans to completion. Whether yours is a global corporation or a more moderately sized company, it is important to recognize that every organization -- just as every individual -- has its own leadership DNA. Together these elements work to create or hinder the company's overall success.

What does it take to build a brighter future for your company? It takes the thrill of innovation, the discipline of persistence, and solid rewards that go with solving problems. It also takes a business culture that has strong values and principles. Did I mention focus? It takes a lot of focus.

For many companies, we see a disconnect between what they say they want and what they are actually doing. You would be surprised at how many leaders tell us how their organization unwittingly provides them unlimited distractions. Topping the list is poorly managed or an excessive number of meetings. Then there is the deluge of correspondence, coupled with modern technology, that has created a sense of urgency in everything they do. Add to the list outdated procedures, unproductive reporting systems, communication issues and cumbersome performance review processes. These are just a few.

Isn't it time to get down to business and leverage the priorities that will have the greatest impact on the success of your organization?

We offer several interventions to support the essentials of leadership development. All of these programs provide significant payoffs in terms of aligning organizational objectives with individual performance. Your people will be empowered with the tools and the inspiration to achieve greatly improved business results.

Becoming a leader is a lot like investing in the stock market. If you hope to make a fortune in one day, you're not going to be successful. What matters most is what you do day to day over the long haul.
John Maxwell

See what we mean when we say that there are many organizations in Leadership Crisis.

Our Leadership Developmental Programs are custom-designed for impact and our Training Initiatives promise results. We have helped thousands of people, in scores of diverse organizations, learn and apply both timeless leadership principles and exciting new cutting-edge practices.

To empower others is ultimately to empower ourselves.
Mary Elizabeth Schlayer

Make no mistake, becoming an effective leader is a journey, not a sprint. It takes a commitment on the part of the emerging leader and on the part of the company. This is why today's progressive leaders are using WORKSHOPS combined with EXECUTIVE COACHING as a powerful way to develop and educate their leaders.

Leadership Development takes place at three key levels that will engage leaders on the journey from good to great.

1. The Organizational Level

Through our joint corporate planning planning we will help your senior management team examine important issues and move your people away from the limitations of parochial thinking. We will help broaden your vision, explore options and give you and your senior executives the straight, hard facts on what you need to do as an organization to maximize your potential and move your organization from good to great.

2. The Team or Group Level

Our interventions are tailor-made to meet your organizational objectives. We will give you and your staff invaluable lessons about themselves, their needs, their motivations and how they can work at a higher level of productivity by working with and through others. We offer a variety of assessments including a single question custom-designed 360-degree feedback. The goal is for each individual to come away with a new perspective and enthusiasm both for the organization and their own potential.

3. The Personal Level

Our expertise is in linking training and executive coaching where each individual begins to immediately integrate and model what they have learned in our workshops and ultimately exhibit a more flexible management style.

We also provide coaching customized for an individual as part of their personal developmental plan. This coaching can be done at any level within the organization – from front-line staff to the most senior executive.

Our methods are unique and highly successful. Remarkably, after years have passed, participants can easily point to the specifics they learned and continue to apply. Unlike other training, the material doesn't dissipate after a couple of weeks! Participants gain insight into their strengths, weaknesses and their behavioral traits. They quickly recognize how these traits are either enhancing or hindering their credibility, performance and overall career.

Contact us today for a FREE consultation.

My Influence

My life shall touch a dozen lives
Before this day is done.
Leave countless marks of good or ill,
E'er sets the evening sun.

This, the wish I always wish,
The prayer I always pray:
May my life help other lives
It touches by the way.
Author Unknown


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Barb McEwen is a Master Executive Coach and Organizational Strategist who works with corporations and individuals worldwide. As founder of 20/20 Executive Coaching and 20/20 Executive Women she has spent the past twelve years working with high potential individuals to help them hone their leadership and management skills. Contact Barb at