Leadership development refers to an educational program, curriculum, or apprenticeship designed to cultivate characteristics that are central to effective leadership. When implemented in a more personal setting, either one-on-one or within a small group, example setting, observation, practice, and discussion are merged to give prospective leaders a chance to learn by experience. Leadership development programs avoid having too much observation without hands-on work, as this prevents complete learning. By that same token, an overemphasis on doing without having enough theoretical education also is discouraged because it may lead to mistakes and carelessness. Leadership mentors make sure to discuss progress along the way, providing encouragement and constructive criticism.
About the Author
Currently serving as Lead Pastor at Turning Point Community Church of Lubbock, Texas, John Wagner began his 25-year-long career as a youth minister.