When you think of leadership development, what comes to mind? Identifying key individuals on your team who are ready for leadership positions? Or do you focus on what key leaders can do for the company?
It is a shift in thinking that could be the answer for increasing the number of women in tech that are considered for leadership development.
If we change our focus from the person and expand our thinking to what the results are for the company; we remove the idea of gender, race, age or background; and we focus more on the end results. This was an aha moment for me today.
I was reading a Forbes article by Micah Solomon who is an author, consultant, speaker on customer service, customer experience, culture, innovation, hospitality, leadership. His article is entitled Misunderstanding The Point Of Leadership Development. He says:
The goal isn’t to grow great leaders: refined, articulate, generous, charismatic leaders. At least that’s not the ultimate goal. The goal is to build great organizations. Great companies. Great results.
Once you make the shift of mind required to understand this, the discipline of leadership development becomes a more valuable undertaking, and also far less ego-driven. Because leadership is conceived as involving the repayment of a debt to an organization, a debt to others, a debt to the future, the people who are even interested in pursuing it will shift. And that, I promise you, is a positive leadership development.
It comes back to my focus, which is on helping women in tech understand their impact and influence. Impact and influence are not determined by gender or background, but rather skill set, experience, and end results.
As company leaders seeking professionals for leadership development, consider Micah’s advice. Look for the person who can provide the end results needed to make a difference for the team, project, department, company, industry, etc.
JJ DiGeronimo, a speaker, author and thought-leader for Women in Tech and Girls and STEM, empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract Women in Technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.
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