The 5 Critical Gaps in Your Leadership Development

There’s an old advertising adage that goes, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” What’s true in advertising is probably even worse for most leadership development programs. Organizations spend over $3.5 billion dollars on leadership development worldwide each year. Unfortunately, much of this money is wasted because a wrong or incomplete approach to leadership development is chosen that doesn’t lead to sustained leadership growth. Based on decades of research, human behavior analysis and personal teaching experience, there are 5 critical gaps in most leadership development programs.

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WOMEN IN HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: JOHNESE SPISSO

This is a great article about Johnese Spisso, President of UCLA Health. The article recounts her incredible leadership origin story and her commitment to inclusivity and mentorship. It’s definitely a must read.

We added this article to our Leadership Resources Library, with it becoming the only article featured in 3 categories: stories, mentoring and diversity & inclusion. Check it out in our library.

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Crisis Leadership Content Now in the Leadership Resource Library

“True leadership is revealed in the time of a crisis!”
– J. Bryan Bennett

In 2020, leaders were challenged by numerous crises, including a global pandemic, racial injustice and changing business models. This has been a stressful time for the many executives I regularly talk to and for many of the people who work for them.

That’s why we decided to add “Leading During a Crisis” and “Leading With Diversity & Inclusion” categories to the “Special Leadership Topics” section of our Leadership Resource Library. Like all of our categories, these libraries include some of the top leadership resources curated from leading online sources. Try it out today with a free 30-day trial. Just click on the link for more information.

Assessing Leadership Impact

Since 2016, the Healthcare Center of Excellence, through its leadership training arm, the Professional Leadership Academy, has been using the Leadership IMPACT Assessment to evaluate the potential and practice of leadership as well as monitor leadership improvement over time. This proprietary tool was developed by incorporating multiple disciplines to evaluate leadership behavior. Its measurable results have successfully been utilized in onsite and online Professional Leadership Training classes and it was the subject of a 2019 case study.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Was Also a Great Storyteller

We all recognize Dr. Martin Luther King as a great leader and a great orator, but did you know he was also a master storyteller?

In my university leadership classes, we regularly study Dr. King as a leader and I have listened to his speeches countless times. As I was working on the new Leadership Storytelling Master Class for our Professional Leadership Academy, I began reflecting on Dr. King’s accomplishments and his speeches. His accomplishments came to mind because I probably wouldn’t be doing the work I do without the strides he helped make. His speeches were great, but I wondered how they worked as stories. I was quite impressed with what I learned. For this exercise, I examined his March on Washington speech from 1963 (commonly referred to as the “I Have a Dream” speech). Here are some of the storytelling techniques he used and the lessons for leaders to use in their storytelling:

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Resolve to Make Your Leadership Dynamic in 2020

Leadership is a journey that is constantly changing. It’s not a static discipline, but dynamic. New research and information is available regularly. Realizing this fact is the key to becoming a better leader. Leadership growth takes a lifetime commitment. A leader must constantly be considering how they lead and how they can be a better leader. Here are some suggested resolutions for you to improve your leadership in 2020:

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Use 2020 Foresight for Your Leadership Improvement in 2020

Don’t wait until this time next year to realize what you should have done to improve your leadership in 2020. At the end of each year, we tend to reflect on the goals we haven’t met or the achievements we didn’t make. Instead of having 2020 hindsight, use 2020 foresight and plan what steps you will take to improve your leadership in 2020.

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Five Truths About Leadership

As we close out this decade, let’s take a cold hard look at leadership. It is probably one of the most misunderstood and misappropriated fields of study around. To help you better understand what is real from what is fluff, I have created 5 truths about leadership based on my extensive leadership experience, leadership research, interviews with executives and teaching in a top-20 university Organizational Leadership program.

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Rethinking Leadership Development Utilizing a Personalized Approach

With the rate of change occurring in healthcare, today’s leaders must be well-versed in all aspects of the practice of leadership. Previous studies undertaken by the Healthcare Center of Excellence (HCOE) have indicated that leadership is the top challenge to many aspects of healthcare transformation. Managing this changing environment will require leaders to elevate their staff and organization to navigate the new maze that is healthcare. The rate of change and expectations will only expose any leadership deficiencies.

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