There’s some great articles in this week’s Coaching & Mediation Weekly on leadership development. Our lead article looks at how some organisations, sadly, still consider leadership development a strategic option, rather than a strategic imperative. In these businesses, leadership development lurches from feast to famine, mirroring the ups and downs of the business cycle.

The need for more, not less, leadership development in times of great uncertainty is clear to many – and now the rules are changing in two respects. Firstly, the era of the “command-and-control” leader is well and truly over. Instead of relying on the wisdom of a few people at the top of the organisation, we now need to devolve leadership across every business. This necessitates a highly-developed sense of purpose, trust, excellence and integrity for the organisation in everything it does. These are all values that we support strongly at Sheridan Resolutions and, when blended together, essentially represent the sense of “connection” one feels within any outstanding business.

It’s really interesting, therefore, that our second article reveals that while the selection of candidates for leadership development programmes has historically focused on senior executives, the highest-performing organisations today make leadership development available to any manager who is interested – a defining factor that sets them apart from low-performing organisations. In other words, high-performing organisations cater for the development of all aspirational employees, wherever their learning journey begins.

Equality of access is a theme of our times – it’s also an important trend for business owners in terms of funding their business aspirations. That’s why we’re really happy to support Informed Funding’s latest Finance Seminars (on 22nd September – click here), which will focus on helping all sorts of growing businesses in the UK to get the access to the funding they need to grow.

Caroline Sheridan, Chair, Workplace and Employment CMC group and Founder of Sheridan Resolutions