Berger Leadership Blog

Apr 04, 2014

Develop leaders at all levels

NAFCU meeting
NAFCU’s regulatory affairs team at work.

If your organization is anything like mine, you are not the only leader in charge. In your various departments you likely have directors or managers who oversee day-to-day operations within their scope.

How well do these department leaders lead? According to results from the Global Human Capital Trends 2014 survey published by Deloitte University Press, leadership “remains the No. 1 talent issue facing organizations around the world.” However, only 13 percent of survey respondents said their organizations do an excellent job of developing leaders at all levels.

Forbes contributor Roger Trapp explains how companies can remedy this gap in talent with a few suggestions, including:

  • engage top executives to develop leadership strategies and govern their development;
  • align leadership strategies with business goals; and
  • implement an effective, unique leadership program.

FBI.gov did an interview last year with one of the principal architects of its Leadership Development Program. One of the key mottos of the program is “lead where you stand.” When asked how FBI develops leadership among its thousands of employees, Janet Kamerman, executive assistant director of a human resources branch, responded, “We view leadership development as a continuous cycle, from your first day on the job to the day you retire. And it’s not just about training. It’s about being exposed to the right experiences.”

Are all of your leaders leading where they stand? And are they getting the tools and experiences they need to do that?