3 Powerful Ways to Develop a Development Disposition

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People see and understand you better than you think. Your disposition and temperament are obvious in how you:

  • Run meetings.
  • Set goals.
  • Organize projects.
  • Grow people.

A critical responsibility:

Frequently, development gets sidelined with excuses that range from ‘no time’ to ‘no promotions available’. But developing others is among your most critical responsibilities.

Developing others may be the most valuable contribution you make.

The extent to which you engage in development is more about your head and heart than the world around you.

A development disposition:

Leaders with a development disposition bring a talent-driving temperament to all they do.

When it comes to getting to know employees and their goals, offering feedback, coaching, and co-creating experiences that offer growth….

If you find yourself leaning toward the left column, congratulations. Your disposition tends toward development and your people – and results – likely reflect that.

3 ways to develop a development disposition:

If, however, you are more of a ‘right column’ leader, it’s time to temper your temperament with three new actions.

  1. Speak with each employee to make sure you understand their definition of success.
  2. Seek out collaboration with colleagues that offer more varied developmental experiences for your people.
  3. Remember that talent is an enterprise-wide resource. Reframe ‘losing’ someone to another department.

Cultivating a generous development disposition may result in growing good people who’ll move on. But, it will also generate a reputation and employment brand that will attract a steady stream of top talent…just what’s needed for your new temperament.

What prevents leaders from developing others?

How might leaders develop a development disposition?

Julie Winkle Giulioni works with organizations to improve performance through leadership and learning.  Named one of Inc. Magazines top 100 leadership speakers, Julie is the co-author of the bestseller, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go. She offers keynotes, workshops, webinars, elearning and microlearning solutions that deliver measurable results. www.juliewinklegiulioni.com.