More companies are seeking leadership training today but it’s going in two directions. On one hand, it’s for leaders with a formal leadership title (supervisor, team lead, manager, director, VP, executive, etc.) On the other hand, it’s being offered more often for independent contributors (ICs) who don’t “lead” anyone specifically, but in fact do lead from their actions. Organizations are looking for everyone to step up and to act as a leader in their area of expertise. The American Management Association (AMA) identified 10 key trends shaping the current landscape of organizational training and development, according to research by AMA Enterprise. These were recently reported in the April edition of ASTD Learning Executive Briefing, and 6 out of the 10 trends had to do with leadership, including who is considered a leader, what is high potential, and the meaning of leadership in the age of globalization.
I’ve seen this at Notre Dame, where we have seen more requests for leadership training this year than we did in the past. Make sure you are demonstrating your strengths as a leader in all your actions such as volunteering for special projects, taking greater ownership of your job, serving as a coach or mentor (or finding one to help you!), and offering insight and advice when you have expertise or see the need. My daughter identified a person trying to use a false check at Target – it wasn’t her job, and the scam worked at 4 other stores – but she took it upon herself to contact security. That’s leadership. Take advantage of opportunities to participate in leadership and other training, or consider taking a certificate or online course at a reputable institution (Notre Dame offers many and I just took a MOOC on gamification from Wharton). Wherever you go, know that people are looking at the leadership you provide. Trending in leadership today – YOU!