Why there is no one-size-fits-all in leadership development

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Wouldn’t it be great if there was the one and only model for developing leadership in organizations? In an ideal world, such a model would define the definitive approach for how to build leadership. It would give steps and tools that would be right and effective regardless of the strategy, particular challenges or age, background and potential of a given leadership population. It would fit the large industrial corporation in the same perfect way as it would benefit the maturing software startup. It would be simple, but not simplistic, it would allow to tackle complexity while remaining easy to use.

Needless to say, there is no such model – or at least we haven’t come across it in our extensive research designing our Leadership Development Kit.

Sketching a leadership development model

However, if we stick to the ideal for a moment, what would we propose that a perfect leadership development model would look like?

In short, it would serve to provide productive learning and development environments.

The above at least is a fair shot at summarizing the principles that guided our work building a framework, tools, and process guidance for leadership development. It thus seemed logical to include dedicated tools that help developing leaders and their coaches to define the context in which they are operating – and through which they have to lead. The Leadership Context Map is designed to frame leadership development efforts and link them to the “big picture” of leadership challenges, thus providing one entry point of our leadership development canvas.

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