A Message from Steve
Dr. Steve Firmand
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. Sexual harassment wasn't called out as
something devastating to employees, so they had that going for them as well.
Watching them, I knew that if I ever went into management, I would
not be using them as role models. Over the years however, I came to see the
systemic problem with poor management. Was it malicious leaders that
purposely exploited their employees?
While not completely absolving
these leaders for their faults, I began to recognize the organization's role
in developing their leaders. When a person is placed into a leadership role,
they are suddenly put into a place where the rules change, their ability to
affect people is greater (both good and bad), and they impact the team
culture setting the tone for behavioral norms. They are the biggest factor
in the organization's performance.
In some respect, watching poor
leaders fecklessly trying to lead, I developed an interest and passion for
trying to improve this dynamic. While designing and developing leadership
programs, I was also working to complete my doctorate of Management in
Organizational Leadership. This enabled me to bring the academic foundations
into the practical application of teaching novices in leadership.
New leaders and hi-potential non-supervisory candidates for leadership are
naturally curious about the leadership role. I believe that they want to be
great leaders, but it is a learning process; a journey where there is no
end. We are just trying to learn how to become better.
years, I have been designing leadership programs. It is critical that
organizations prepare leaders to be successful at their leadership roles.
The SLDP does just that - provides an organization's newer leaders with a
strong foundation to build their careers upon.