When businesses grow, there is a natural path toward having less experienced employees assume new leadership roles. Smaller businesses sometimes fail to consider the benefits of leadership planning, believing that there will never be a need for additional key personnel, other than the owners or a handful of top managers.
Active training and development make for good leadership. Leadership development is a process designed to identify and groom certain lower-level employees to fill higher-level positions within a company.
By doing this, you can ensure the constant, productive performance of the organization, knowing that competent individuals will be ready to assume additional responsibilities when the time comes.
Follow these three important tips for implementing a leadership development program in your small business:
Pair Employees with a Mentor. Successful leaders serve as mentors, teachers and role models for future leaders.
Challenge Them with Assignments. Depending on the size of the business, these assignments might include involvement with different programs within the company that provide trainees with new work experiences.
Promote Personal Development to Develop Employees. This can be accomplished through individual online coursework, community college classes or industry training seminars.
Having a pool of talented individuals to choose from is a smart, proactive human resource approach to business planning.
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