In October 2018, we launched our Leadership & Development Programme. The extract below is from a blog piece that our HR Director, Marie Sandler, wrote at the time:

If you Google “leadership training” you will find endless search results for high flying groups claiming that they will take you or your management team to new heights! Sounds great doesn’t it? But, do they really develop personal leadership skills? Many do not. Leaders are not puppies to be “trained” to a set standard. Instead, by moving the focus to professional and personal leadership development you gain well-honed leadership behaviours, critical thinking skills, adaptability and flexibility to confidently lead through any situation that may come your way.

It might seem like semantics, but there is a big difference between training and development. Training typically teaches the techniques and processes for the correct way to do things; to operate to a set standard. And this is important operationally. If you need teams to follow set procedures or operate to a specific standard? Then, training is a good solution. Training uses a “one size fits all“, approach to achieve consistency across individuals. Training usually takes place in the form of a formalised presentation, lecture session or a teacher/classroom relationship. Often, these training programs are set on “repeat” and quickly become outdated and finite.

Development, on the other hand, refers to a much more equal partnership between the “Developer” and the “Learner”. Where the Developer will utilise techniques such as experiential activities, facilitation, mentoring and coaching. The Developer works to understanding the learners needs, personalities, and the unique challenges they face in the workplace. A good leadership coach will talk with your team rather than talk at them in order to enable the learner to explore their situation with a new perspective and through this, come up with their own solutions. Unlike training, leadership development is forward-focused and helps leaders develop critical thinking and problem solving skills so they grow into flexible and successful leaders

The DDC OS Leadership Development Program is bespoke, 9 module course, which focusses on our unique needs. This includes analysing the existing organisational leadership and culture and discovery of the “cause and effect” processes that are currently in place to help shed light on the weak spots or dysfunctions that are in need of improvement.

The program then went on to focus on developing superior management techniques and allowing the members of that management team to work collaboratively and resiliently.

A year on, and our next cohort of managers are ready to embark upon the same LDP. We have been speaking to some of the managers that attended the last LDP, to discover what differences it has made to their working approach and environment; We will bring you those interviews over the next few weeks.