Definition of Leadership Development
There are many, and often differing, leadership development definitions. Through experience with clients and synthesizing some top leading authorities, we do, however, subscribe to a set of core assumptions in approaching a definition:
Leadership development expands the capacity of individuals to perform in leadership roles within organizations. Leadership roles are those that facilitate execution of a company’s strategy through: building alignment, winning mindshare and growing the capabilities of others. Leadership roles may be formal, with the corresponding authority to make decisions and take responsibility, or they may be informal roles with little official authority (e.g., a member of a team who influences team engagement, purpose and direction; a lateral peer who must listen and negotiate through influence).
Leadership skills can be taught. Developing great leadership is a journey. And leadership development is essential across the organization. In order to drive strategy execution, it’s important to meet the needs of leaders at different levels of the organization.