Becoming A Talent Development Leader

08/15/2018 10:08 AM | Paul Venderley (Administrator)

I’ve been reading John C. Maxwell’s “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” and came upon the following statistics from his informal poll to find out what prompted respondents to become leaders.  He shares:

How They Became Leaders

 Natural Gifting  10 percent
 Result of Crisis  05 percent
 Influence of another leader  85 percent

This came from his “Law of Reproduction,” in which he asserts: 

“It takes a leader to raise up a leader.”  

This isn’t a surprising conclusion. Many leaders will openly point to that one mentor who took them “under their wing and taught me everything they know.”  It’s great when you’re in an organization that has that sort of culture.

What if you aren’t?

What if you want to be a leader and haven’t found that mentor who can guide you? Who do you turn to then?

How about a community?

My reading of these “Laws of Leadership” comes at a time when ATD-Orange County is looking for people who want to be leaders in their talent development community. We actively seek to create an experiential learning environment; a significant part of that experiential learning resides in leadership development.

Long-term members are likely aware that our Chapter Board of Directors changes at the end of the calendar year.  We make a big production of swearing in the new board and thanking departing members for their service. Each year, some of our chapter leaders shift positions, seeking to develop their skills in a different facet of a training organizations.  Some stay on in the same position, looking to finalize projects they’d initiated. And some step down. While all that happens at the end of the year, we’re looking to fill those vacant positions now.

What about it?  Are you ready to develop the skills you’ll need in the next step of your career?

Nominations for the 2019 Board of Directors are now being accepted.  While that implies you should be recommending a peer whom you think would be darned good at leading our community, we recognize that that darned good leader could be you.

As a leader of our organization, which leaders would you be working with? Who might be influencing you as you develop your leadership skills?  Let’s take a look at our “C-Suite.”

Susmitha Valvekar, an instructor at UCLA Extension and instructional designer for Glidewell Dental.  She’s got a Ph.D. in Philosophy, leads the Change Management Special Interest Group, and will be Chapter President for 2019.  She’s been most effusive about how ATD-Orange County has supported her professional growth over the past few years, and views her time in the C-Suite both as an opportunity to give back to the community, and to those who choose to serve on her Board.

  Don McGray, a veteran management consultant focused on continual process improvement, who has implemented several procedures to the Board Leadership that every business should implement.  He’s served as the CFO for the past two years, and will come back for a third. Don’s passion is ensuring the training department adds value to the business it serves, and he passionately applies that focus during each and every Board meeting.

Jeffrey Hansler, Chapter President for three years running.  He’ll tell you that he’s learned much for about being a leader during the third year than he did the first.  And he learned a lot about being a leader that first year! Jeffrey has received two CSP designations: one, a Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association; the other, a Certified Sales Professional from API.  And he’s published a book! He’ll be Past President in 2019, serving to advise the current president and anyone else willing to learn from him.  


Become part of the 85 percent of leaders who develop not through trial by fire, but within a safe community of practice.







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