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Create a Follow-on Plan to Sustain Learning AFTER The Leadership Challenge®

Leadership development has greater impact and results when organizations provide leaders with access to resources after a learning event. A best-practice to ensure the business success of your next leadership development program is to have a strategy in place to offer attendees a follow-up plan.

We recently developed a 4-part plan for a client to make sure they had the resources to create leadership change after The Leadership Challenge® Workshop, starting with low to no-cost options, and moving toward supplemental programs with an added investment.

This is a question we get often, so we offer this resource as a best-practice 4-part follow-on plan when implementing a leadership initiative. This week, we’ll start with:

PART 1: No-Cost Resources for Reinforcement

You have implemented the research-based, The Leadership Challenge® Workshop. Your leaders left energized and motivated to become better leaders and to accomplish extraordinary things.

You see your leaders making the effort to follow through on their leadership commitments. As time passes, you don’t want to lose this level of commitment to The Leadership Challenge®.  But how do you continue to energize and motivate your leaders to stay accountable to their leadership goals? How do you continue the learning post-workshop?

Here are FOUR no-cost options to sustain the learning and create lasting organizational impact with The Leadership Challenge®:

  • Option One: The LPI: Leadership Practices Inventory Workbook and Development Planner
    • Complimentary with the purchase of the LPI® online license, each participant has access to PDF versions of the LPI® Workbook and Leadership Development Planner.
    • The LPI® Workbook contains 10 very specific steps to understanding and using the LPI® feedback. 
    • The LPI: Leadership Practices Inventory Development Planner (PDF) is a 102-page document containing 10 tips for becoming a better leader, specific and actionable suggestions for improving in each of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®, discussion on how people learn to lead, and several leadership development worksheets and activities.
Why use these resources?

The workbook and development planner help leaders further interpret their LPI® results and understand how to use the information to become more effective leaders. Featuring the latest research and more than 140 actionable tips and suggestions, the workbook helps leaders create personal action plans and take the right steps to get results.  

  • Option Two: The Leadership Challenge Practice® Book
    • The Leadership Challenge® Practice Book is included with the LPI® online license.
    • It presents daily practice routines and activities to help leaders become more effective by increasing the frequency with which they exhibit The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®.
    • The book’s five sections offer a different LPI® behavior focus and supporting practice activities. It also includes quick progress checklists called “Make It a Daily Habit,” to help participants keep track of their progress on action items set during the workshop. 

Why use this resource?

If leaders truly want to improve their skills, they need to study their own behavior, becoming more conscious of their leadership choices and how they act on their intentions. With daily practice routines and activities around each of The Five Practices and their corresponding behaviors, leaders can focus specifically on areas they feel need improvement. 

  • Option Three: Values Cards Direct Report Activity
    • During the workshop, each participant receives a deck of Values Cards.
    • This activity is intended to help the leader facilitate a discussion with their team on how individual values connect to the organization’s values.
    • During the exercise, the leader shares his or her personal values with their team and then uses the values card deck to explore the team’s individual values.

Why use this resource?

The Leadership Challenge authors, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner explain the best leaders are those who have a clear understanding of their personal values. The values cards activities are an excellent tool for learning and conceptualizing the importance of values reflection in leadership. Leaders should also be encouraged to implement these activities among their teams to create a strong foundation through shared values. 

  • Option Four: Leadership tools and resources
    • Periodically share articles, blogs, white papers, webinars about leadership.
Why use these resources?

Staying current on up-to-date leadership trends and behaviors is vital. The thirst for knowledge shouldn’t end at the close of the workshop. There are plenty of free online resources to help leaders continue to develop. These include white papers, case studies, blog articles, and webinars. By routinely sharing these tools and resources with your leaders, leadership is kept in the forefront, reinforcing the importance of following through on leadership development goals.

Leadership development is an investment; our goal is to help you maximize the return. If you liked this post, you can continue reading the series with part 2, part 3, and part 4

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Krista Skidmore

Krista Skidmore , Esq., Partner and Cofounder of FlashPoint, is passionate about all things leadership. She leads the FlashPoint consulting team to ensure they deliver results to clients with intelligence and integrity.