I believe leaders are grown not born. I believe it is the responsibility of organizations to grow individuals on their teams to become great leaders. And, I don’t think that doing is necessarily easy!
I started a LinkedIn group called Emerging Leaders of Alberta Organizations to have discussions with organizations around Alberta on the challenges and successes in growing great leaders. Leaders who lead their teams through change and growth to provide better services for their clients and the people they serve. Leaders who inspire their team and lead with integrity and determination.
Currently many organizations are facing the imminent retirement of their senior leaders and are not sure where the next leader will come from. While there are some key people within the organization that may have been identified, those people are not sure they want to step into the 70+ hours/week responsibility of running an organization. If these people do not move up, the organizations are left with the challenge of recruiting outside the agency, which can have challenges as well.
By organizations, I mean non-profits, private agencies and volunteer organizations and probably many more. And by emerging leaders, I mean individuals in organizations who have the desire or potential to step into leadership positions or who already are in junior leadership positions and who may see a continued path of leadership in front of them.
Here are some of the things I am wondering and thinking about:
I am curious also as a coach, where mentoring and coaching might benefit emerging leaders. Do current leaders have the skills, desire and time to commit to that? What does it look like? And do agencies have the resources, curiosity and interest to try that? For agencies that are already trying, how is it working?
So many questions and I know that many organizations are finding some answers. They are, despite cutbacks and shortages of resources finding leaders to step up to the plate. I want to hear more about their successes.
I believe conversation is one of the best starting points to overcoming challenges. I have been a part of these conversations already and feel the urgency among those to address the leadership crisis that is appearing in our province.
What do you think? Is there a leadership crisis? Why or why not? What can we do about it or what is already being done to address it?
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