Nurturing leaders should be a priority for HR

Nurturing
leaders should be a priority for HR

HR
should concentrate on nurturing pre-leadership skills so that good leaders
emerge from within organisations.

That
was the message from George Edwards, head of strategic development at the
Institute of Leadership & Management.

Speaking
at the Public Sector People Management Expo in London,
Edwards said he believed the profession could help create the right environment
for would-be leaders to learn integrity, team-working, communication skills and
corporate focus.

He
said this was essential if people were to make the difficult transition from
team player to leader.

He
called on HR to see the workplace as a community in which people have pride.

“I
believe in natural working – do the job and be yourself at the same time” he said.

Tips
for encouraging pre-leadership skills

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Openness about direction and goals

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Everyone knows how to contribute

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Co-operation not competition

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Work and effort praised

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Rewards shared

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Work-life balance recognised

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Everyone supported to do the job well

By Jane King

 

 

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