Most organizations have outstanding individual contributors — developers, salespeople, engineers — who wield great influence and offer critical support to the firm. Though they don’t have managerial titles, their departure would be a huge loss. These individuals meet the criteria for true leaders, but when it comes to leadership development opportunities, they may fall off the radar because they don’t supervise anyone. Even if they have chosen not to pursue a management path, they will still benefit from leadership development — as will your company.
Leadership development can make them better team players, improve their communication skills, and teach them to be better coaches. What’s more, as they become more effective interpersonally, they may embrace their management potential and pursue formal leadership roles.