If you are leading in any capacity, you would agree that developing your people is of vital importance. So, what is your plan? What strategy is in place to help your team move from where they are to where they need to be? Leadership development does not happen by accident it happens on purpose.

Most would agree that the type of people you want on your team will be looking for growth environments. If you are able to provide an environment where one can develop, you will start attracting the best and brightest.

You do not need to consult with McKinsey & Company to develop a state of the art training center. You may need to change your mindset from what you don’t have, to what you do have.  You can develop your team by spending time with your team. As you spend time investing into your people growth will follow. How do you start? What do you do? Pick one person, identify a mutual opportunity and follow these six steps.

Here are six steps to get you started.

  1. Tell them
  2. Show them
  3. Let them try
  4. Praise what they do well
  5. Redirect where they don’t
  6. Follow up, keep reinforcing 

It has been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. As you invest your time into developing others you are making a statement that you care. Remember your team is not is interested in what you say, they are interested in what you do.

Leadership development is intentional. So be intentional, start with one person and place it on your calendar. Write the words, “Leadership Development” @ 2:00 with Sam. Feels good don’t it! Remember, what we value, we do. So, DO Leadership development!

Charlie Moulton

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