Imagine this: A group of turkeys attend a two-day training program to learn how to fly. They learn the principles of aerodynamics, and they practice flying in the morning, afternoon, and evening. They learn to fly with the wind and against it, over mountains and plains, and together and solo. At the end of the two days, they all walk home.

Real-World Leadership Development

This old sketch captures current reality. Most good leaders make earnest attempts to become better through coaching, individual development plans, training, and performance improvement plans. Through each of these efforts, leaders learn what to do to be more effective—and it’s not cheap. An estimated $60 to $80 billion is spent annually on only training ...

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