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You Cultivate Leaders, Not Train them

Leadership training does not work. Click To Tweet

You improve leadership capability through coaching and mentoring leaders in their current leadership roles, whether heads of small teams or of global organizations. Learning is applied in vivo, and feedback immediate.

If you want to develop leadership capability among those who are not yet in leadership roles, start early, and forget leadership training. Focus on two things: self-accountability and independent initiative—Self-accountability because a leader cannot hold others accountable if he is not good at holding himself accountable, and independent initiative because a leader who has never been encouraged and succeeded at acting on his own will tend to wait for cues from superiors before acting in any leadership role.

Leadership is not a training process, it is a cultivation process. Graduate new hires who develop strong self-accountability and independent initiative capabilities ultimately become your best bench for leadership roles.

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