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Ensuring and Reviewing Development

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

—Benjamin Disraeli

So far we have discussed the qualities that make a great leader and suggested approaches to building a success profile suited to particular situations. We have recommended that management, ideally represented or assisted by an HR professional, takes a proactive role in identifying high-potential employees, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and diagnosing the areas in which further development is required.

Now the rubber really hits the road. How do companies ensure that their leadership development plans, so carefully assembled and custom-tailored for their next generation of leaders, actually does what it is intended to do? Unfortunately, ...

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