In my experience, many companies are not effective at developing leaders for one or more of these four reasons:
- Senior management doesn’t talk about leadership development
- Everyone is too busy getting work done
- Internal politics get in the way
- Leadership is perceived as something that comes from training programs and personality assessments
Really successful companies — those who are known for their ability to grow leaders such as GE, Merck, Proctor and Gamble, Honeywell, Marriott, and others — do many little things that add up to making them highly effective at leadership development. The primary BIG thing is having a senior management mindset that developing leaders is a key to sustaining competitiveness.