To grow and develop your culture, you need to grow and develop your leaders.
Leadership development describes a process for supporting individuals in their personal and professional growth so they can fulfil their potential, and thereby find personal fulfilment.
The focus of leadership development should always be on helping people grow and self-actualise - leading a values-driven and purpose-driven life.
There should be three stages to every leadership development programme: Leading Self, Leading a Team, and Leading an Organisation (or alternatively Leading in Society).
Stage 1: Learning to lead yourself
Learning to lead your self is a lifetime journey. It is not an event. It is a process that requires your continuing commitment. There are always layers and layers of subconscious fears that have to be managed, mastered or released if you are to become an authentic individual; there are always new depths of understanding to be discovered around your purpose in life; and there is much learning to be done about how to bring that purpose to fruition to achieve the personal fulfilment you are looking for.
Stage 2: Learning to lead others (team)
The principle difference between leading others and leading self is the focus and attention given to building and motivating your team: selecting team members, setting expectations, and building a climate of trust. Ultimately, the role of manager or supervisor is to make sure the work of the organisation gets done, ensure high standards of quality and excellence, and continuously improve the products, services, systems and processes involved in production and delivery.
Stage 3: Learning to lead an organisation
The principle difference between leading an organisation and leading a team is the focus and attention given to managing the values and culture of the organisation, building an inspiring vision, developing a winning strategy, managing the brand, initiating and managing change, coaching and mentoring direct reports, and managing relationships with external stakeholders—customers, investors, partners, and society. Ultimately, the role of the leader is to care for and manage stakeholder relations.
Stage 3 Alternative: Learning to lead in society
There are many ways that you can become a leader in a societal context. You can be a local or national politician; you can be advocate or activist for social change or you can set up or run a charity, an association, a sports team, a study group or support a cause that improves the human condition. The possibilities are endless. Whatever you do in a societal context that involves other people will inevitably involve setting up a group or an organisation that will need to be led and managed. If you are involved in leading one of these types of groups, you will not only need to be able to lead yourself, you will also need to know how to lead a team and an organisation.
This approach to leadership develop is explained in detail in The New Leadership Paradigm Learning System.