Using Leadership Development to Strengthen Your Organization - Keith Dorsey

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Keith Dorsey, a strategic growth leader, knows what it takes for a company to strive to improve and continuously transform with the market and their employees. His vast experience as a director, advisor, and coach has taught him the importance of leadership in an organization. Keith outlined the responsibility that leaders hold to promote leadership among an organization’s members.

Keith reflected on a Harvard Business Review article he came across, titled ‘6 Reasons Your Strategy Isn’t Working’ by Michael Beer.

“Michael listed 6 different ‘barriers’ to why an organization is not working efficiently and reaching its highest potential. These barriers come down to the company’s leaders and what types of leadership they utilize.

“One barrier stood out to me:

“Hidden barrier #5: Inadequate leadership development

Research has shown that leaders usually develop not through training, but by carrying out challenging new assignments. This requires managers to sacrifice for the larger good by giving up their high potential leaders to other parts of the organization for their development. When this doesn’t occur naturally and regularly it is tied to three hidden barriers already discussed: An ineffective senior team (#2) in a siloed organization with “fiefdoms” (#4) that does not have the perspective or capability to define collaborative organizational values and behaviors it expects of leaders (#1), nor to design a talent-management system that enables the cross-boundary developmental assignments required to develop general management ability.

“Your organization is suffering from this barrier if you notice any of these signs:

  • It keeps coming down to the same usual suspects when something important needs to get done.
  • Too few opportunities are provided for leadership and management development.
  • The senior team does not review leadership talent regularly or offer career paths that enable the development of general management capabilities.

“As an executive advisor with corporate governance experience, I have observed strong leadership teams that unselfishly did the right things for the greater good of their organizations. Those leaders often came from a culture of learning and were provided numerous opportunities to grow and develop. KPIs often improve when organizations focus on creating an environment that nurtures strong leaders.

“How does your company measure up to the six barriers mentioned in the article? As an executive, what are you doing to develop your leadership capabilities and the leaders around you to get different results?”




Insights from Leaders is a platform where people with a vision can share their ideas and insights.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

7 Fears That Even The Best Leaders Have To Overcome

Thinking Outside the Box: How an Innovation Facilitator Can Help Your Team

What’s in the title: CEO?

Restoring Reeks to Theon Greyjoys: Revealing Team Member High Performance

Leadership Exposed: Things You Thought You Knew About Leadership

5 Steps to Turn Around Your Business

[Podcast] Welcome to Our New Business Podcast: The Business Thorcast

The two pillars of engineering leadership

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Insights from Leaders

Insights from Leaders

Insights from Leaders is a platform where people with a vision can share their ideas and insights.

More from Medium

How should you choose Airbnb?

10 Tips to Move your Financial Systems to the Cloud — Experts

Sage 50 Cloud

Elevating Media Measurement and Evaluation in a Resilient Africa

The 10 Disruptive Franchises of 2022

The 10 Disruptive Franchises of 2022