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What to Look for in a Leadership Development Program

If you are like many business owners and leaders in the United States, you are likely wondering how to prepare for a recession. As an economic downturn looms large, leadership development programs are more important than ever. For some, this may seem counterintuitive in a climate that compels you to tighten your purse strings. You might be asking, What if we invest in a development program and our employees leave? But that’s the wrong way to look at it. You should be asking, What if we don’t develop our people and they stay? Because the consequences of that outcome will be far more dire. 

As one of the premier leadership training companies, Consilio has empowered countless businesses—from bootstrap startups to Fortune 100s—to thrive during recessions by priming leaders for what’s to come. Let’s get into how to choose the right leadership development program. 

What to Expect From a Leadership Development Program?

During a leadership development program, you will work to identify and hone your leadership style. You will also learn leadership development strategies to master strategic thinking, manage risk, craft a sound vision or organizational goals, negotiate, increase influence, manage conflict, make tough decisions, improve communication, and navigate unpredictable business environments. 

With this training, you and your team can expect to evolve as leaders and improve:

  • Employee emotional intelligence
  • Employee productivity 
  • Employee confidence 
  • Employee engagement 
  • Internal leadership development
  • Communication at all levels
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Retention and turnover 
  • Your company culture
  • Your company’s bottom line 

“These programs are crucial for companies who want to thrive, especially as a recession approaches. Being a leader is like being an athlete. If you want to succeed, you have to constantly be in the gym. Despite what you have accomplished, you’re never done with training.”

– Stacey McKibbin, CEO, Consilio

What to Look for When Choosing a Leadership Development Program?

The key to creating successful leaders is understanding what to look for in a leadership development course. Reputable programs will be upfront about what they offer, including the topics they cover, the cost, and the time commitment. 

You should have a clear idea of what you want to learn before approaching leadership training companies. Consider your personal and organizational goals. These will guide your choice. 

If you need to develop qualities specific to your field, you might need a program that specializes in your industry. But most skills apply across industries, and taking a class with people from different verticals may give you an unexpected advantage, as you’ll have access to their fresh perspectives. 

Gaining a new perspective often provides the insight you need to drive creative problem-solving and innovation. For this reason, you want a program that offers a variety of experiences such as videos, lectures, role-playing, and case studies. A good program will push you out of your comfort zone and into the realms of discomfort, growth, and greatness. 

If you see a leadership training program that you feel resistance to participating in, investigate why. If there isn’t a good reason, this may be a sign that you need to challenge yourself. 

Avoid programs that lack a clear structure and framework, and those that don’t provide diverse learning activities. Your leadership program should offer opportunities to:

  • Unlock growth potential
  • Hone self-reflection and self-awareness
  • Improve ownership
  • Identify and leverage your personal strengths
  • Manage and regulate your emotions
  • Ask and give feedback
  • Cultivate empathy
  • Embrace transparency
  • Identify your leadership style
  • Venture beyond your comfort zone
  • Learn by doing
  • Nurture creativity and innovation
  • Learn perseverance, resilience, and sustainability

Do You Want to Find a Leadership Development Program That Will Actualize Your Potential? Schedule a Consultation Today!

Leadership development is non-negotiable in the current business and economic landscape. Without it, your business will be left behind. At Consilio, we can prepare you, your business, and your leaders to flourish, no matter the conditions!

Are you ready to create success on purpose in disruptive times? Visit our Leadership Training page to improve your leadership and business performance and learn how to prepare for a recession. 

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