The world is experiencing a global leadership crisis: 89 percent of organizations say leadership is a top and pressing problem, while only a disproportionate few have a functioning leadership pipeline. Organizations in every industry, human services included, are feeling the effects of this crisis. LeadingAge Indiana decided to do something about it.
In 2014, LeadingAge Indiana formed a task force to identify how LeadingAge associations across the nation were supporting leader development. The task force looked at courses offered, training session frequency, program components (e.g., coaching), and content, specifically custom content versus purchased content. After finding considerable variability, they decided to base their program on a tried and true, research-based leadership model called The Leadership Challenge®, supplemented by customized program components.
LeadingAge Indiana is an association whose members are nonprofit organizations providing long term care, services, and housing for the elderly in Indiana. The association provides members with education, group services, up-to-date information, networking, and leadership development, as well as prompt, efficient service for the professional staff.
Many current leaders in the organization are at or near retirement age, constrained budgets limit formal leadership training for potential successors, and the demand for elderly care is expected to increase significantly as Baby Boomers continue to age.
FlashPoint worked with LeadingAge Indiana to develop a multifaceted, highly interactive nine-month leadership development program, LEADERSHIPVIP, based on The Leadership Challenge® Workshop.
The new program is available to association members who are current and emerging leaders within their organizations. Leaders participate in a rigorous and selective application process, including a resume, essays about their leadership and commitment to aging and human services, two letters of professional reference, and a commitment form.
“The LeadershipVIP program taught me how having a clear vision is the cornerstone to my leadership journey. Having my vision defined enables me, my team, and my organization to selectively serve Seniors in the only way they deserve . . . in excellence.”
“I have learned the skills essential to confidently step up as a leader, and appreciation of others’ strengths, which allows me to encourage them to shine.”