Teaching Leadership Skills

One of your most crucial jobs as a manager is to help develop your direct reports' leadership capabilities. Action learning can help. Through action learning, individuals work through actual business problems and apply lessons learned to new challenges. How it works:

1. Assign the employee a substantial project that is "in plan" and important, and for which failure would have visible consequences.

2. Deliver some individual performance feedback that's relevant to the employee and the context in which she will be learning.

3. Debrief the experience of tackling the project-reviewing with your direct report the results she achieved and how she achieved them.

4. Articulate the results' business implications.

5. Help her transfer lessons learned to future projects.

The more relevant the challenge and the higher the stakes, the more action learning stretches leaders and the more they learn.

Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from "Action Learning: A Recipe for Success," written by Chris Cappy.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  December 19, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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