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Leadership Strategy

Elevate leadership as your #1 business priority

Build a plan to elevate leadership as the #1 priority.

Does your company have a strategic business plan? Of course. Does your company have a clear strategy for building the leadership capability to execute that plan? Likely not. And in the chaos and complexity of a faster world, everyone is pulled in different ways—and unfortunately, the focus on leadership is a low priority. Organizations tell us they engage in a lot of HR activity, yet there is no integrated leadership strategy and little or no visibility in the C-Suite or board level.

What if you had the building blocks to establish, elevate, and sustain a leadership strategy as the #1 business priority in your organization? With DDI, you can integrate five components of a leadership strategy plan.

DDI can help you:

Focus Leadership Priorities
Align leadership to business strategy

The most successful business strategies are grounded in identifying the few most-critical priorities and relentlessly pursuing them. But somehow, leadership strategies typically aren’t defined by the same degree of rigor.  Focus is the issue: 42% of executives are concerned their strategy entails too many priorities, some of which are conflicting and lack alignment. But when your leaders focus on the most critical priorities, they can captivate and move the organization in one common direction. 

With DDI, you can isolate the top leadership priorities that are essential to execute your organization’s strategic and cultural priorities. And when the right priorities are on your leaders’ radar, you can align your leadership strategy to what matters most to the business.


Begin with a clear focus:

Size Leadership Capacity Gaps
Identify the leaders you need

Simply knowing that you need more leaders isn’t enough. Your leadership strategy requires that you specify precisely where you need leaders, how many you’ll need, when they will need to be ready, and for what challenges they are preparing.

DDI can help you clarify the factors that affect the supply and demand of leadership talent in your organization, and identify the type and quantity of leaders you need.
Diagnose Readiness

Identify the leaders you need:

Accelerate Leadership Growth
Tune your leadership growth engine

Based on your leadership priorities and gaps, you must make choices about which programs and initiatives to build or improve upon so you can stock and grow your pipeline of exceptional leaders. These choices include how best to select leaders, identify potential, assess readiness, accelerate growth, and drive performance.

DDI offers expert and evidence-based advice, solutions, and tools to optimize your talent and HR systems to select, develop, and grow leaders. We work with you to review and re-energize your approaches for leader selection, leadership development, and succession management.

Build leadership capability:

Achieve Outcomes and Results
Measure and track progress

As with any key strategic objective, you need a clear means of charting progress. It’s one thing to talk about your leadership strategy and gameplan; it’s another to show progress in actually achieving your target outcomes. You need a way to track the progress and evaluate the impact of your leadership initiatives—and this is often where things get sticky.

DDI can help design a measurement approach and build a leadership dashboard so you can track what’s working and what’s not.


Build a dashboard:

Sustain and Prove Impact
Keep leadership initiatives alive

Many leadership initiatives get started, but only a few are sustained over time. An effective leadership strategy includes tactics that strengthen communications, align efforts, develop leadership-building skills, clarify accountabilities, and measure progress. Together, these tactics ensure the strategy promotes a practical routine that fits your business routine, continuously improves, and delivers on its promise to build and strengthen your leaders’ capability.

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