The idea that people leave managers, not organizations, is hardly new. Still, many organizations are so engrossed in the daily details of doing business, they merely pay lip service to the idea of leadership development. But to get the upper hand in the war for talent, senior managers need to do more than give verbal validation to leadership training — they need to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. When leaders send managers to development courses but then complain these activities take individuals away from their work, it sends the message that learning isn’t really a part of a manager’s job, said Julie White and Rick Tate, senior managing partners at Impact Achievement Group, a leadership development training company. And without active senior leadership involvement, it can be difficult to align what the business says with the things that are actually happening on the ground.
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