Lately I’ve been working on a simple leadership development program internally. A startup can only grow as fast as the leaders within the company grow, and no faster, so developing leaders is key. The current approach is fairly simple and works as follows:
- Meet once per month for one hour
- Separate managers into several groups such that no direct report of a manager is in the same group
- Discuss one book or article per month (our book for this month is Drive by Daniel Pink)
- Talk about any leadership challenges or opportunities over the past 30 days as well as the up-coming 30 days
One of the most important parts of this program is actually taking the time to reflect for a few hours each month and to be intentional about getting better as a leader. Our program is just getting started but I’m excited to see how it progresses and how our leaders develop.
What else? What are some other ideas for a leadership development program in a startup?