Why Develop Leaders?

The need to develop the next generation of leaders is critical. The JIBS model of leadership, developed by Dr. Alan Clardy, provided a unique way that really helped me to conceptualize the importance of leadership development:

The JIBS model is (c) by Dr. Alan Clardy. Used by permission.

The JIBS model is (c) by Dr. Alan Clardy. Used by permission.

The model puts leaders into four categories: idiots, bozos, jerks, and stars. If an organization does nothing to develop their leaders, odds are, only about 25% will be stars. Whereas, an organization that invests in developing their workforce, will have a substantial increase in the number of stars. While this is a bit light hearted, it really drives home the fact that we cannot just leave our workforce to “figure it out” on their own.  We must provide them with the opportunity to become a “star.”

2014 Maryland Leadership Academy for Workforce

Here at the Continuing & Professional Studies, we have worked with many clients to develop leadership programs that meet the needs of their unique workforce. Recently, we have partnered with the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, to establish the 2014 Maryland Leadership Academy for Workforce.

The year-long program will focus on preparing participants to more effectively lead their teams, agencies, and Maryland’s workface industry in the future. Participants will identify their strengths and learn how to engage those strengths in critical leadership areas. Additionally, participants will be trained on Maryland specific issues, complete a capstone project, and be matched with a mentor.

For more information on the 2014 Maryland Leadership Academy for Workforce, please visit this informational page.