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The Main Ingredients of a Successful Leadership Program

There are as many types of leadership programs as there are leaders. While leaders can be defined in different terms, by different traits, and even measures, there are usually 3 main ingredients that make a successful leadership program.

Firstly, it has to be results-driven. Before engaging any provider for the design and conduct of the program, the company must already have an idea which particular aspects of leadership it wants for its teams. In short, the personnel concern and organizational priority must be clear at the onset. Not all leadership programs are alike. They are not to be regarded as a one-size fits all training. Not knowing what to expect will lead to endless discussions and even unnecessary transactions.

The smartest way to start is to do it with the end in mind. If the company is not clear about its definition of good leadership and how it wants its employees to conduct themselves as responsible leaders, then it should not rush into getting a training provider right away. Leading organizations secure the help of consultancy and training firms like TalkShop to conduct a guided discussions with the company’s decision makers. This is the time TalkShop can assist the management teams and departmental heads in identifying the personnel needs and target competencies before running an individual diagnostic for the employees.

Secondly, for a leadership program to succeed, it has to be values-laden. Concepts and guidelines prove weak when not founded on the values of the organization. At the onset, both the company and training provider must be clear on which core values to anchor the leadership lessons and activities. This will ensure that the right message is reinforced, the right tone is employed, and the right motivation is given so employees are guided to align their personal goals with the corporate directions. Should employees share the same values upheld by the company? Definitely. TalkShop CEO Sheila Viesca says, “Most corporate problems result from misaligned values. If one’s personal values do not resonate with the values of the company he works with, he will never be happy nor successful there. His only option is to resign, or wait to be fired.”

Thirdly, a successful leadership program is sustainable. Beyond the skills and knowledge gained, the person’s attitude towards the training and his responsibility towards his company must be focused on giving back to all stakeholders. It is only when an employee assumes responsibility for the knowledge and skills gained that he truly contributes and continues to learn more. The 20% information that the employee retains right after attending the training must be immediately echoed through his words and actions. Overtime, this positive and proactive approach will result in deepened introspection and application of at least 80% of the lessons learned.

The success of a leadership program lies in the success of the company and its people. And everything starts with making the intelligent choice and taking the intelligent action. TalkShop helps companies do more and employees be more through training programs that go beyond effectiveness.
www.talkshop.ph (632) 894 5588 | 0917 853 5588

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN

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