There is a natural tendency to resist change. For enduring change to occur, people must see the need for it. They must share the vision for any new institutional direction and participate willingly in its implementation. Leadership development can serve as a catalyst for change by introducing new ideas and creating a new perspective. Individuals who are expanding their horizons are likely to see new possibilities and to want to do things differently. Leadership development fuels both individual creativity and institutional change.
Ensuring and Improving Competence
For starters, effective leaders must be competent. They must understand the institution, know their jobs, keep abreast of the latest information necessary to do their jobs, and know how to access the resources they need. No one starts a job knowing how to do everything well; job competence is learned.