- New Leaders, New Challenges -
Our approach to leadership development
Crucial Leaders has a passion for working with and developing new leaders.
For over 30 years, we have watched leadership development programs roll out
based on faulty assumptions about how we learn, how we learn about
leadership, and the myth of the individual (“I alone
picked myself up by my bootstraps and became what I am today”).
How we learn
Leadership skills don't just happen
Leadership is essential to organizational life. We are all leaders in a
sense, even if it is just our own lives. With any decision that we make, we
weigh the implications of the choices that are in front of us, and in the
end, we accept responsibility for the choices we make.
A systems approach
When I first entered into the workplace, I had the dubious distinction of
having truly horrible bosses. They were petty, harsh, immature, and in many
cases, unethical towards their employees. Intimidation and sexual harassment
were more about power and putting people in their place; a humorous sport.
As an employee on the other end of the relationship, I could not only feel
my own spirit being crushed on a regular basis, but I witnessed the same in
my colleagues as well. Learn more
Failures of Abraham Lincoln
What we can learn from one our the greatest leaders
Quite often, we get asked the question, are leaders made or born
. The answer
is easy. Think about anyone that is considered a good or great leader today.
Were they leaders at age one? At age five? Of course not, they grew
leadership roles later in their life.