Added responsibilities can increase an employee’s likelihood of continuing with an organization. By assisting employees in obtaining leadership skills, employees can progress within an organization into roles with increasing responsibilities.

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is a reputable resource for developing future health care leaders, providing a self-assessment tool for employees interested in identifying areas of strength and areas for further professional development. Individuals interested in learning more about ACHE can contact the South Dakota Healthcare Executives Chapter.

For nursing home organizations, the NurseLEAD program is an affordable, online training program that helps charge nurses and team leaders become more effective coaches of front line employees. The program consists of seven modules intended to be completed at the learner’s pace.

Developing leaders
Researchers Jay A. Conger and Robert M. Fulmer, writing for Harvard Business Review, identify five rules for setting up a succession management system that will build a steady, reliable pipeline of leadership talent:

  1. Focus on development
  2. Identify linchpin positions
  3. Make it transparent
  4. Measure progress regularly
  5. Keep it flexible

Source: Harvard Business Review