leadership development within an organization

We’ve all heard of what people are calling the “great work exodus” or the “great resignation”. This phenomenon was a curveball thrown at us during the pandemic that no one could have predicted.

Over the last two years, a large number of people didn’t have to commute, ate lunch at home, and spent more time with their families and realizing the value in that special time Now, with companies announcing their post-COVID plans that require a return to the office, remote employees are beginning to weigh their career options to continue working from home.

This trigger effect accelerated an underlying reality that businesses need to adapt their workplaces to suit their people’s different needs. To accomplish this successfully, organizations need to adopt technology that supports this new reality of how we work. There are incredible opportunities to be realized if we embrace what is available and keep an open and receptive mind towards accepting these changes permanently.

The ability to transform our operations will likely separate businesses that see extreme success and those that simply manage to survive.

As the rate of change may be very difficult for us to understand, we only need to look back a decade or so to realize the significant shifts in our lives that we’ve already become accustomed to. For example, how we shop for meals, household items, and groceries has been influenced by the convenience of the digital world. Streaming is quickly becoming the norm in how we absorb television, film, and music. Even the types of vehicles many of us are or will be driving will be much different from the standard not very long ago.

These lifestyle changes truly snuck up on us and are no longer novelties. They’re now mainstream and have had an undeniable impact on our day-to-day lives. We simply have to look at these changes to understand how to adapt to the changes that lie ahead for our businesses.

One progressive strategy is to cultivate leadership throughout their organizations. We are indeed only as good as the teams we build and therefore must put in our best effort to help our people grow. As leaders, our job is to continuously feed these future corporate superstars and arm them with whatever tools they require to succeed – not just for the sake of the company but also for their own careers.

Included in a company’s reopening plans should be an analysis of roadblocks that may interfere with their progress and prevent them from thriving. Once identified, we can adopt new tools to help us understand basic human behaviour, emotional intelligence, process implementation, organizational behaviour, and other human and corporate development aspects. In addition to the people, technology, and tools that can help leadership achieve these aims, there are many print and online resources available that can show you how to create an environment where your team wants to learn, grow, and stay with your company.

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However, the first order of business is for senior leadership teams to also invest in their own professional development. The world’s most successful business leaders agree that investing in themselves is critical. Complacency and staying comfortable are damaging to a business and often the beginning of an almost inevitable decline.

One of the essential aspects of leadership self-development is that it’s entirely self-driven. Your human resources department won’t do it for you. You have to own the process to achieve your highest potential and stay motivated to see it through.

If you’re having difficulty navigating self-development on your own, consider hiring an executive coach. Coaches bring unbiased 3rd-person observations of your abilities, skills, and weaknesses to help you see yourself in a new light. They also act as sounding boards for your thoughts and ideas and provide perspectives on how you can navigate processes that help you overcome challenges. Coaches or other peers can also help you come up with an action plan that you can incorporate into your role.

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Here are some other actions you can take to further your development as a leader:

  • Keep a journal of your most introspective thoughts
  • Read books or watch TED talks of leaders you admire
  • Try out new behaviours or approaches
  • Write down the growth goals you want to accomplish
  • Seek out feedback on your progress from peers or superiors
  • Develop a growth mindset

As you move through your development journey, you’ll likely notice that your new strategies have a trickle-down effect on your employees. Critical indicators of success improved quality of work, better collaboration, and increased morale and job satisfaction. When your efforts start benefiting the company as a whole, you’ll know you’re on the right track.

Tom Chopp is Managing Partner at SWS Warning Lights Inc. He can be reached at 905-357-0222 or

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