After a leader has set up a personal development plan, they should take time to develop their people. Socrates said, “The individual leads in order that those who are led can develop their potential as human beings and thereby prosper.” The goal in developing your people is so they become better people and more productive, both in their personal and professional life.
The best companies and organizations realize the importance of people development. People development helps to build a high-quality organizational culture and working environment. The people being developed start being more productive, motivated, valued, and engaged. The organizational results of developing your people come through profits, returning customers, and a growing business or organization.
Before a leader can successfully develop others they need to know and understand each of the people they are developing and their personal learning style. Then a plan can be developed interactively with the person that allows them to maximize strengths and development. A leader needs to remember there is no one system or style that will work with everyone, though there are times when a leader has everyone involved in a team development activity.
When developing your people you should provide:
Resources-Some different resources a leader can offer or have as a requirement are books, audio lessons/books, workbooks, or suggested blogs. These allow someone to learn and grow within a specific area or topic.
Mentorship- One of the best ways a leader can develop their people is by taking time to mentor them. Tony Dungy said, “Mentor leadership requires a deliberate decision to get involved in someone else’s life.” I believe if more leaders take time to start mentoring others then everyone wins; the leader, the person being mentored, and the organization.
Training- Sending your people to conferences and workshops or having in house training is another form of developing your people. The training should focus on topics that would allow them to begin to reach their potential.
Practice- This is an essential aspect of people development. A leader should be providing opportunities for their people to have hands on experience. One way a leader does this is by assigning a person to a specific project or task, which allows them to practice and work in the desired area of development. This allows the person to get out of their comfort zone and grow.
Questions: Do you have a plan to develop your people? What are some other ways a leader can develop their people?