Essay on Foundations of Leading Innovation

2218 Words May 31st, 2015 9 Pages
Foundations of Leading Innovation
Capella University

This paper examines the leadership practices of managing change and employee development and how they support organizational innovation, analyze how discovery skills support innovation and successful innovators, and explore the author’s own strengths and weaknesses in using discover skills and the leadership practices of managing change and employee development. An organization that develops and fosters the right leadership culture has a competitive advantage over organizations that do not embrace the benefits of a strong leadership culture. Developing and fostering a culture of high performing, innovative leaders at all levels of an organization is more beneficial
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Key elements of employee development are involve developing clear strategies and best practices for talent and leadership development. According to (SHRM, n.d., p2), “strategies and practices for building and developing talent involve the process of talent profiling, talent assessment techniques, planned development interventions, mentoring and coaching, enhanced motivation and the retention of talent”. An effective employee development program include elements that address training needs, evaluation and design as well as knowledge management in order to be successful (SHRM, n.d.).
Employee development includes coaching, guidance, support and ensuring employees have a clear understanding of their roles. Leaders encourage and support employees to have career goals and assist them in the development of a succession plan that includes training and development. (J.B. Leslie, 2009 pg. 12) wrote that “coaching creates the capacity for supportive interaction that leads to the achievement of business results”. Coaching requires leaders having conversations and discussions about leadership development and personal and organizational change with employees. Effective coaching will help develop highly motivated and high performing individuals (Leslie, 2009). Leaders know how to develop and maintain relationships with individuals in order to best manage change in an organization. They know that for the change to be successful there has to be teamwork and buy-in from others

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