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Running Head: Methods of Leadership Development

Methods of Leadership Development
Henry Guigou
Dr. Charlene Williams
Business Leadership 320
October 16, 2010

Table of Contest
I. Introduction………………………………………………………………….4-5 II. Self-Awareness………………………………………………………………5-6 A. Clarifying one’s values and priorities
B. Seeking new experiences
C. Seeking Feedback
III. Experience......................................................................................................6-7 A. Key Factors to Lead
B. The BDK
IV. Developmental Relationships: Coaching and Mentoring…………………..8-9 A. Coaching
B. Mentoring
V. Feedback-Intensive Programs…………………………………………..…9-10 A. Multisource and Multimethod feedback programs
B. 360 Degree Feedback
VI. Classroom Education……………………………..………………………10-11 A. Educational Encouragement
VII. Outdoor Challenges……………………..………………………………..11-12 A. Physical Activities
VIII. Conclusion………………...…………………………………………………12

Abstract
Several methods and approaches are presented in leadership development. Self-awareness, the core of any development; leaders should identify their potential and recognize their strengths and weaknesses. Leadership experience is the cornerstone of any development, where hands-on-job and difficult tasks are assigned to challenge leaders. Coaching and mentoring which provides significant feedback and advice. Developmental actions are programs that depend on intensive feedback from different types of sources. Classroom education such as games, imitations and role modeling that can allow leaders to improve their knowledge. Finally, outdoor challenges which improves physical and metal leadership development. All these methods and approaches are necessary to develop a great leader.

Methods of Leadership Development
Introduction
As Vince Lombardi said “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile” (Bostrom). Some people believe that leaders are born, but based on leadership theories and practices the reality is that leadership can be learned. Developing leaders is not an easy task; developing and improving leadership skills may be harder for some and easier for others. Several theories and practices were put to the test to get the best methods in developing leaders and making long-term behavioral transformation (Nahavandi, 2009, p. 329-330). Several different methods of leadership development consist of methods such as increasing self-awareness, which includes clarifying one’s values and priorities, seeking new experiences, and seeking feedback throughout formal and informal sources. Also, experience is the most important developmental instrument and is the basis of every development. Methods such as developmental relationships where coaching and mentoring is present. Coaching which focal point is performance and self-awareness, and mentoring which involves the foundation of individual skilled and trained relationship. In addition, methods such as feedback-intensive programs, for example the 360 degree feedback program and other multisource and multimethod feedback programs (Nahavandi, 2009, p. 336-342). In addition, leadership development consists of many different approaches to the development of leaders such as; classroom education which expand and increase knowledge and which is a well-organized method of transmitting information to people. Finally, methods such as outdoor challenges helps to the development of leaders; which place people in many physical activities to improve and increase them physically and mentally (Nahavandi, 2009, p. 341-344). Self-awareness

A great leader will always recognize what is wrong and what he does not know. A great leader will always be ready to learn constantly (Nahavandi, 2009, p. 336). Being self-aware is the foundation of all development plans and is necessary in getting...
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