Leadership development is a lifetime learning journey.  Effective methods that develop leadership skills include the well-known 70-20-10 approach, publicized by the Center for Creative Leadership, and utilized by many organizations and leaders.[1]

This approach states that 70% of learning occurs on-the-job, learning by doing.  The 20% factor entails getting support and feedback from selected others about your demonstrated skills.  The 10% opportunity involves continuous formal learning through seminars, readings, etc.

Leaders take their steps for learning using these various opportunities by creating a tailored, individual leadership development plan.  This plan enables the leader to focus on what is most important.  The plan serves as a personal and professional ‘blueprint’ for specific skill building and incorporates the 70-20-10 approach.

Another key point to consider when building a development plan with clear goals and actions is to remember: your goals need to be valued by you, important and motivating; your goals need to be specific, defining the small action steps and behaviors you will start doing; and your goals need to be supported by your leader and other trusted colleagues who will provide feedback.[2]

For an introductory overview tour, take a look at the following slides:

[1] Retrieved from: https://www.ccl.org/articles/leading-effectively-articles/the-70-20-10-rule/

[2] Adapted from:  Sternbergh, Bill and Weitzel, Sloan R. (2001). Setting Your Development Goals: Start with Your Values.  Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.



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