Leadership Action Plan

Effective leaders must not only have a vision that inspires others, but must be able to execute this vision successfully to ensure that it becomes a reality.  But, how do you ensure successful execution in today’s rapidly changing and dynamic business world?  Through focused and intentional leadership development.

Leadership Action Plan

Consider the following leadership action plan for those wanting to improve their leadership skills.

  1. Begin with an end in mind – What does the leader need to do or know? What skills or competencies must be acquired to accomplish the goals?
  2. Truthfully level regarding gaps – Be honest with individuals about the gap that exists between where they are currently and where they want to be. Help them develop a plan to get there and provide supportive feedback along the way.
  3. Develop real-time learning opportunities – Give people learning assignments from real-life situations or issues. To grow, people need stretch goals and assignments.
  4. Provide continuous feedback and support – Small group feedback can be effective and constructive.
  5. Be sure to celebrate victories – Acknowledge and give credit and kudos to demonstrate how you and the company value people and their contributions.
  6. Don’t allow resting on one’s laurels – Begin the cycle again with new goals and objectives for growth and development.

An individual leader may be able to effectively solve simple technical problems, but today’s complex problems require an alliance of diverse individuals and groups contributing unique knowledge, experience, and expertise.  It is the workforce, in creative alliance with leadership, which drives effective change – not the individual leader.

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5 Responses to Leadership Action Plan

  1. Geoff Giering November 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Great information!
    Thank you for the email

    I dont really receive newsletters from you but I would like to

  2. Tony Ford November 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    Great article Lisa! Thanks.

    I believe your #1 is the most important. To begin with the end in mind. If you don’t have that vision where you are going, how will you know you are still going in the right direction. – Tony Ford

    • Lisa Knight November 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      Great comment, Tony! Glad you liked the article.

  3. Marcus Bannsister November 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I love it. Really great piece of writing.

  4. Michael Merritt October 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

    Great post!. I really love it… thank you for sharing

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