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Vertical Leadership: Developing the Next Level of Women Leaders


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Learning Objective: Examine methods for helping female employees grow and develop into new leaders

Change and development strategies can be difficult for some people. Executives are not effective until they are able to think strategically or lead change in their organization. That’s why vertical leadership will support women and advance strategic thinking. As managers learn and progress, the way that they think about processes will expand their competencies. Organizations should be asking questions such as “Do our female leaders possess the skills they need to think strategically?” The good news is that there is a way to move forward and up, helping organizations to grow and focus on their leadership programs.

At the end of this seminar, participants will:

a. Understand and define what “vertical development in leadership” is.
b. Focus more on strategic development thinking in female employees.
c. Make the development and the work inseparable.

d. Create strong developmental networks at work.

e. Make female leadership development a process, not an event.

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Vertical Leadership: Developing the Next Level of Women Leaders

  1. 1. Click to edit Master title style VERTICAL LEADERSHIP: Developing the Next Level of Leaders
  2. 2. Objectives • Understand and define what “vertical development in leadership” is. • Focus more on employee development and less on content. • Make the development and the work inseparable. • Create strong developmental networks at work. • Make leadership development a process, not an event.
  3. 3. Presenter _______________ Dr. Marcelle W. Davis, MBA Fun Fact: Running Title: Workforce Diversity Spec. Company: Fed’l Reserve Bank of Richmond Years of Experience: 20+
  4. 4. Panelist _______________ Lakecia Gunter Fun Fact: Love sports and travel Title: VP, Ecosystem Development and Operations, Programmable Solutions Group Company: Intel Years of Experience: 20+
  5. 5. Panelist _______________ Delores Johnson Davis Fun Fact: First Adventures Title: Senior Professional for Integration (Human Dimension) Company: United States Army Years of Experience: 34
  6. 6. What does Vertical Leadership Development mean to you?
  7. 7. Vertical Development Leadership
  8. 8. Back to Basics • Know Yourself, Know Your Worth • Professional Assessments • Love/Hate List • Organizational Chart • Networking • Mentoring
  9. 9. Development Networks Advisory Council • Mentor • Advocate • Sponsor All for forward growth and momentum internally or externally!
  10. 10. Leadership Development Process Leaders • Take the time to develop your team • Re-think the evaluation process • Power and influence • Provide guidance Future Leaders • Build Advisory Council • Take advantage of professional development opportunities • Network • Take risks
  11. 11. Develop Your “X” Factor Focus Adaptability Communication Teamwork Optimism Resolve
  12. 12. "Your career is literally your business. You own it as a sole proprietor. You have one employee: yourself. You are in competition with millions of similar businesses: millions of other employees all over the world. You need to accept ownership of your career, your skills and the timing of your moves. It is your responsibility to protect this personal business of yours from harm and to position it to benefit from the changes in the environment. Nobody else can do that for you.“ Andrew S. Grove, Only the Paranoid Survive You, Inc. - Career Ownership
  13. 13. Career Development: What I Want is…Being clear about your goals and desires for growth avoids “manager assumption” Don’t assume people know what you want The squeaky wheel sometimes gets the grease
  14. 14. Buildyour Networ k
  16. 16. Who’s on Your board? Peers Senior Leaders (Men and Women)Manager External Network
  17. 17. Turn your mentors into sponsors
  18. 18. Say HOW before you say NO When TEDx organizers in the US and Europe ask 10 men to speak, When TEDx organizers in the US and Europe ask 10 women to speak, 9 say YES 9 say NO
  19. 19. CALL TO ACTION Refresh your network (1 new connection/month) Turn your mentors into sponsors Create a 5-yr Career Dev plan Develop Your X-Factor Ask for What You Want!
  20. 20. Some Keys to Thinking Strategically • Understand the Difference Between Leadership and Management • Develop a “Systems Perspective” • Have a “grab bag of different tools” • Use action and reflection (sensemaking) to unhook your immunity to change • Develop your deep listening skills • Focus --- how to lead in VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambigious) • Horizontal still matters: Vertical + horizontal = success
  21. 21. Audience Participation Questions and Answers with the Panel
  22. 22. Final Thoughts Thank You! • Marcelle: • Lakecia: • Delores: