Children's Voice Jan/Feb 2008

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Parsons's Blueprint for Leadership Development

  • Establish at the executive and senior management levels an awareness of challenges and goals around leadership development and succession. Commit to action.

  • Agree to the primacy of the concept of internal development of leadership at senior management and executive levels, with external recruiting a secondary strategy. Understand the internal development strategy imposes obligations for the focused preparation of leadership candidates.

  • Consider three phases of leadership development:
    • for line staff moving into supervision,
    • for supervisors moving into senior management, and
    • for senior management moving into executive management.

  • Create phase-appropriate content for the standard leadership development components. These components are
    • formal training,
    • designed experiences ("stretch opportunities"),
    • diagnostic appraisal of performance,
    • individualized development plans, and
    • comparative appraisal of performance.

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