Where do you get your leadership development?  Do you have a wide variety of resources to pull from?

Some time back I discovered the treasure chest that exists at Harvard Business Online.  Ever take a look at it?  It is a fantastic collection of ideas, all available for download, at very reasonable prices.  If you’ve never taken a look at it, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up a great article, perfect for a staff meeting or retreat discussion.

For example, I just read an article by Michael Beer and Russell A. Eisenstat called How to Have an Honest Conversation About Your Business Strategy.  Really, really good stuff.  Very thought provoking.  Here’s the key idea: if someone asked your team members what your strategy was, could they answer?  What if they were asked these three questions?

  • Do we have a distinctive strategy that our key leaders believe in?
  • Do we have the capabilities to execute the strategy?
  • Is our leadership effective?

Let me tell you, this is a great article that could easily form the basis of an offsite that would be long remembered.  If you’re not taking advantage of HBR resource you’re missing out big time.

Another great resource is the collection of podcasts over on the Stanford Technology Ventures Program site.  They’re free.  They’re fascinating.  And they’ll definitely broaden your perspective from a leadership standpoint.  At the same time, the key leaders in your organization are often exposed to these speakers.  When you learn the lingo…you’re just that much more capable.  I listened to one recently by Scott Kriens of Jupiter Networks that had a really interesting take on leadership in the emerging world of business in the 21st century.

Last, you need to be sure you’ve got a range of blog content that you’re checking.  By selecting a few from a variety of concentrations you’ll add a richness that you won’t get otherwise.  One of my favorites from the world of business and marketing is Creating Passionate Users by Kathy Sierra.  There are a ton of others from all kinds of backgrounds that really broaden my awareness and widen my creativity.

What are you finding helpful in the development of your leadership skills? 

Three Great Resources for Leadership Development
  • Kathy Sierra

    Thank you so much for these encouraging words, Mark. I really apreciate it!
    And I especially like this pointer:
    “…an article by Michael Beer and Russell A. Eisenstat called How to Have an Honest Conversation About Your Business Strategy.”
    On the key idea you mentioned: “if someone asked your team members what your strategy was, could they answer?” wow… I am both surprised and then not surprised that almost every where I’ve worked, and many places I’ve consulted, the answer would be…”um, uh, well…”
    The power of just a few simple (seemingly) questions can mean so much. Fortunately, I have a co-author who listens to my ideas when I’m brainstorming and then asks, “So, what’s your point?” I’m horrified by how many times I actually have no idea ; )
    Cheers and thanks again for your wonderful posts here.