Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Leadership Development

As a leadership executive coach, one of the most common mistakes I see leaders make is neglecting their own leadership development. They become so focused on their day-to-day responsibilities and the needs of their team that they fail to invest time and energy into growing their own leadership skills. However, neglecting leadership development can have serious consequences for both the leader and their organization.

Here are four reasons why leadership development should not be neglected:

You’ll struggle to adapt to change: Change is a constant in today’s business environment, and leaders who neglect their development will find it difficult to adapt to new challenges and opportunities. Without ongoing learning and growth, leaders become stuck in their ways and are less able to think strategically and creatively.

Your team will suffer: Leadership development isn’t just about the leader, it’s also about the team they lead. A leader who neglects their development will struggle to inspire, motivate and guide their team effectively. Without strong leadership, teams can become demotivated, disorganized, and unproductive.

Your career will stall: Leadership development is essential for career advancement. High-level positions require strong leadership abilities and neglecting to develop these skills will limit your opportunities for advancement. Investing in your own development will help you position yourself for more senior roles and greater responsibility within your organization.

Your organization’s performance will suffer: Leadership development isn’t just good for the individual leader, it’s good for the organization as a whole. Effective leadership is crucial for driving organizational performance, and neglecting leadership development can have a negative impact on overall performance.

In conclusion, as a leader, it is important to understand that leadership development is not a luxury, but a necessity. Neglecting leadership development can have serious consequences, not just for you but for your team and your organization. It’s essential that leaders make leadership development a priority and commit to ongoing learning and growth in order to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s business environment.

Lead From Within: Leadership development is investing in yourself as a leader it will not only benefit you but also your team and organization.


Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

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