Futures RPI

The Importance of Leadership Development

We can all agree that in order to see growth in our organizations, we must make an investment. It may be in the form of our time, energy or resources. We probably watch market trends, build portfolios and hire exciting recruits. And all of these strategies can help to realize the success we so strive for. But to a well-rounded growth strategy requires us, in addition to all of the above, to look within. Take the time to invest in yourself as a leader, and those around you. You’ll be glad you did when you start to realize the unlocked potential that lies within.

So who really needs to invest in leadership development? The answer is everybody! As a leader ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any of them, you’ll see just why leadership development is so crucial in fostering our leaders. Are you:

  • Struggling to prioritize when everything is important?
  • Frustrated with difficult employees?
  • Wasting time in boring and unproductive meetings?
  • Miscommunicating and being misunderstood?
  • Burnt-out with no work-life balance?
  • Fighting fires with zero time to think strategically?

You’re not alone…this is incredibly common! So, in order to create workplace cultures that are positive, sustainable, and productive we need leaders that have the skills and acumen necessary to navigate those complex organizational and human capital systems.

But where to start? As leaders, we should be focusing our knowledge and awareness in three key areas: Personal Mastery, Leading Others and Human Capital Systems Acumen.

Personal Mastery

How can you best inspire confidence in yourself as a leader? BE confident in yourself AS a leader! Personal Mastery is embracing that self-knowledge and development are imperative to maintaining an upwards growth trajectory. One must work to understand the direction of themselves as an individual, as well as that of their business or organization. Personal Mastery is practicing and encouraging change, creativity, constructive relationships and connectedness.

“personal mastery goes beyond competence and skills … it means approaching one’s life as creative work, living life from a creative as opposed to a reactive viewpoint.” – Peter Senge

Leading Others

Improve team performance by understanding how and what motivates people in your organization. Just as we as leaders are dynamic in our approaches, so too are the valuable members of our team. Understanding what our team members need in order to reach their full potential can make the difference between a functioning organization and a thriving one.

Human Capital Systems Acumen

Understanding, and being able to navigate, the complex systems we encounter in business (and who are we kidding, in life!) is one of the most important skills we can develop as leaders. These systems are multifaceted and always changing, which means ongoing development in our perceptions and decision making is vital in shaping our abilities as leaders.

LEAD Program

The LEAD Program is designed to create a sustainable leadership culture, and equip leaders with the skills to be successful in their roles on a day-to-day basis. We get it – Leaders must manage effectively up, down and across organizational boundaries. Leadership development supports leaders through self-awareness assessments, skill training and human capital systems development. LEAD content is practical, relevant and easily transferred into the workplace. If you want to increase leadership confidence and unlock potential, learn more about the LEAD program by following this link. Sessions start October 25th.


“ The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership  development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” – John C. Maxwell