Research recently conducted by McKinsey & Company has identified significant underinvestment in social sector leadership development as a major cause of underperformance. This was deemed to be true across of whole host of categories including: innovation and implementation, the building of teams, and outcomes-driven collaboration.
Given this challenge, the question becomes how does the sector efficiently provide ongoing mentorship, professional development and leadership development opportunities? And what are the vital leadership attributes needed for the emergent social sector?
The survey respondents identified the following leadership attributes as fundemental to their success:
The ability to innovate and implement
The ability to be skilled and adept collaborators
The ability to developed talented teams
The ability to manage to outcomes
In supporting the leadership development of the sector, McKinsey identified three focal points for investment:
1. Creating bench strength through development of executive teams (CEO and other managers)
2. Sector leadership's performance on the attributes mentioned above
3. Funding and organizational support for leadership development
Has your organization identified its critical leadership attributes? To what extend have these been created, supported and enhanced through ongoing leadership development? Has your Board committed to providing the financial and organizational support to ensure this work is instiutionalized? And in addition to current leadership needs, has your organization thought about session planning?
These are all questions you may seek answers to, particularly if you are finding that underperformance at the leadership level is an issue.
As always, be focused on knowledge, innovation and impact!
John Patrick Bailey, Ph.D.