Some say today that leadership development is overrated. Folks talk about it too much. After all, not everyone is supposed to be a leader. Right?
I suppose if you define a “leader” in a traditional way, meaning it’s the person with a position at the top of the organization, then, it’s true. Not everyone will be the CEO, the president, or the chairman. I have seen, however, the genius in schools and organizations who re-define the term, and develop leaders throughout their team—regardless of their position—and gain measurable results. In other words, they believe leadership has less to do with a position and more to do with a disposition. It’s a way of thinking and acting. Consequently, they commit to develop leaders at every level of the flow chart—and it pays off. It becomes part of the culture.
It has been said, “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you adjust the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”
After working with more than 8,000 universities, schools and organizations, we’ve seen incredible results on campuses that choose to develop a “culture of leadership.” In fact, thousands of the students, faculty, staff, young professionals and athletes who’ve been equipped to think like leaders have completed an assessment and experienced tangible life-change. Both business leaders and educators tell us their emerging leaders have become:
- More focused with their time and energy.
- More disciplined in their planning.
- More effective in learning settings.
- Better team players and leaders of their peers.
Among students, we’ve had high school principals report that disciplinary incidents drop and GPA’s rise. In just one year of utilizing our Habitudes® process, Duluth High School reported that disciplinary action was reduced by almost 50% across the board, including referrals and total number of students involved in rules violations.
Over a three-year period, Dr. Kerry Priest reports incredible impact on the culture in her department at Kansas State University. They focus on a co-curricular program for leadership development that impacts faculty, staff and students. Their integrated approach sets the pace for many other higher education institutions. Becky Barker, Director of Leadership and Volunteerism at the University of Oklahoma reported the same kind of transformation when a robust culture began to sway behavior in their department.
Coach Ken Rucker began offering leader-development on the Texas Longhorn football team back in 2007. Focusing purely on freshman athletes, Coach Rucker saw a culture change on the team in two short years. Over the following seasons, their corrective incidents declined and student-athlete engagement rose. Danny White reports the same kind of influence within the athletic department at Virginia Tech. Their staff does an incredible job at building leaders at every level.
We have the undeserved privilege of collaborating with a number of Chick-fil-A restaurants across the U.S. Those owner/operators who furnish leadership training to their entire team, have witnessed incredible culture-change, greater retention of team members and increased emotional connections in the community. In their industry, because of their focus on team culture, they are winning the war for talent.
Mill Creek High School, (the largest high school in Georgia) chose to offer leadership principles to the entire staff and student body. Dr. Jason Lane, principal of Mill Creek, reported, “Within a short amount of time, I began to notice a difference. Conversations that happened in the classroom and in the hallways went from students displaying disrespectful behavior to seeing them open doors for each other and their teachers, as well as saying “thank-you” and “please”. It was a light switch that flipped on for them. We have reframed the conversations we have with our students on leading themselves, leading in school, and what is expected from them.”
So, how might you up the ante on creating a culture of leadership?
We believe that a culture of leadership is just what every school and organization needs. That’s why we are hosting a National Leadership Forum on June 23-24, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. This year, our theme will be:
“Leaders At Every Level”
The Secrets of Developing a Culture of Leadership
The two-day forum will offer best-practices and timeless principles on creating a culture of leadership. Our presenters will be:
- Ken Blanchard – Best-selling author of The One-Minute Manager and Situational Leadership, on how to choose a coaching style for your team.
- Gene Smith – Vice President and Director of Athletics at The Ohio State University, on how to deepen a brand and see a return on investment.
- Maria Carstarphan – Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, on how to overcome scandal and rebuild a culture.
- Kyle Stark – Assistant General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates on how to create a system that accelerates the development of mature men.
- Wayne Hammond – President and Executive Director of Resiliency Initiatives, on how to assess resilience and cultivate right attitudes.
- Austin Moss – Manager of Player Engagement at the National Football League, on building a brand to add value to both your team and community.
- Tim Elmore – President of Growing Leaders, on how to leverage the timeless principles that nurture a leadership culture in your organization.
For Details or to Register, CLICK HERE.
Your personal invitation to:
National Leadership Forum 2016
The 2016 NLF will help you:
- Identify specific action steps to foster a leadership culture.
- Learn how to spot potential leaders early in your staff, faculty or students.
- Develop a “growth mindset” instead of a “fixed mindset” in staff.
- Cultivate healthy leaders at every level of your school or organization.