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How to Create a Leadership Program in Your Supply Chain Organization

Leaders play a critical role in the development of talent within your company. The right leader can inspire people to do a better job, increasing your company’s productivity. Good leaders can improve the morale of those they work with and encourage participation in events tied to company culture. You need leaders at all levels of your organization, from top to bottom.

An internal leadership training program can help your company identify and train leaders to reach their fullest potential. Try these leadership development methods to strengthen your talent pipeline within the company.

Start From the Top

Involve the most senior level of management in your employee leadership program to signal the value and utility of this effort to your company. You want to show that you’re just as invested in your employees as they should be in your company. A pep talk from your CEO or a presentation by the CFO will show your commitment and spark interesting conversations, which your leaders can draw on to talk to other employees.

Show Them Other Sides of Your Company

A team leader development program should expose your participants to all sides of your company. They cannot fully understand how their department integrates into the whole until they see how it fits in with everything else. How far you take this information is up to you. You should definitely have employees learn the functions and importance of:

  • Planning
  • Logistics
  • Procurement

You may also want to spotlight information technology and finance. If you plan to rotate your employees according to a long-term cycle, such as a year or longer, going to these departments will give them fantastic insights to share with others when they return to their own.

Use Templates for Communication and Evaluation

For your company to reap the benefits of this program, you need a way to constantly evaluate the results and implement the tweaks and adjustments required to make your efforts even more effective. You can do so by implementing templates you use for both employee communication and evaluation:

  • Communication: Open up the program to suggestions from your participants. They can tell you what they’re most interested in learning and why something you may deem consequential does not have real-world application.
  • Evaluations: Provide regular progress reports for your employees so that they know what they need to improve on and how they can do it. Make your criticism constructive and actionable.

Give Each Participant a Mentor

Mentors can do more than just guide your leaders. They offer insights on company culture, industry know-how and supply chain challenges that can help both the mentor and the mentee, who brings a fresh perspective to the relationship.

By following these tips, you can implement a leadership program that enhances your company’s performance at every level. Need a better pipeline for leadership candidates? Partnering with Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters can help you find supply chain talent. Contact us today to discuss how we can assist you.

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