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Staff Development

coaching human resources leadership staff development Mar 27, 2024

Part of the Executive Pastor's Role as a Coach Covered in Module 4 of Course 1  


I've fielded several questions on the topic of "staff development" lately.

Having been in leadership for more than 35 years, I can say with certainty that I've seen many a staff member "develop."

I think what we have to ask ourselves, though, is the purpose of "staff development," and what's the best way to get it done? Obviously, the purpose is to "develop staff," but how well do we actually do that?

Another relevant question is ... how many people in the workplace have you seen actually "develop" over time? Think about it for a minute. I'm not necessarily talking about promotion from a lower-level position to a higher-level position over time. Or am I?

Do people progress from entry or lower-level positions to higher-level positions over time due to "staff development?" Or, is it just that they gain experience, get more education, and increase their "worth" to the organization. So, they qualify themselves for more senior positions that pay more money. Did the company's "staff development programs" do that, or did the staff member do that themselves?

Here are some staff development "methods" for your consideration ...

  1. Regular Performance Appraisal and Feedback
  2. Mentorship Programs
  3. Attending Conferences
  4. Attending Classes
  5. Going to College
  6. Employee Recognition Programs
  7. Internship Programs
  8. Job Bid/Posting
  9. Work Share Programs
  10. Personality Type Assessment
  11. Focused, Accelerated Training Programs (like Center for Creative Leadership)
  12. Cross-Training Programs

I think staff development boils down to how we treat staff members and how much we provide for them to gain experience and be exposed to new things along the way. We must provide resources to allow them to gain knowledge and learn from others who have been where they have not. Yes ... everything on the list above (and probably a bunch of other stuff) needs to be available and employed in the process of developing staff.

This is only one of many aspects of the Executive Pastor’s role as Coach that I cover in Module 4 of my course, The Many Roles of the Executive Pastor. Also included in the course are 21 downloadable resources!

Learn more about the course HERE.


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