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Activating business strategy through leadership development.

Nothing defines an organization quite like its leaders—they determine the strategic direction, plan for the future, motivate and inspire a culture of high performance, and deliver on the strategy. This series of four articles from the Korn Ferry Institute explains how to boost the effectiveness of leadership development programs with an eye toward activating business strategy. Adopting these ideas better enables organizations to ignite the power of leadership within their talent pool to drive individual and organizational growth.


Develop your leaders in context


Strategy Activation: Develop your leaders in context

Part one of this series looks at the benefits of integrating leadership development programs with other business strategy sessions, including building a network of leaders, sourcing new ideas, and spreading new strategic thinking throughout the organization.

Who leaders need to be and what they need to do


Strategy Activation: Who leaders need to be and what they need to do

Part two of the series delves into how to create leaders who are ready to deliver results. It describes the benefits of a whole-person approach to leadership development and outlines how HR practitioners can build programs that instill personal qualities as well as workplace skills.

Planning a development journey


Strategy Activation: Planning a leadership development journey

Part three sets out an attainable and practical itinerary. It begins with the strategy, scopes out the specific demands on talent and leadership, then builds the program and measures its effectiveness. At the end of the journey, organizations have a program that creates individual leaders and a leadership pipeline to fuel the business strategy.

The power of service and purpose


Strategy Activation: The power of service and purpose

The final installment in our series on strategy activation offers three short case studies of how organizations used service or philanthropic programs as part of their leadership development. Service programs offer opportunities for employees to stretch their skills, foster teamwork, and consider the needs of others. This not only creates a culture of purpose within an organization, but instills a service consciousness that improves customer focus and leadership.