The role of senior leaders in leadership development initiatives


with Frederik Engelsman


The role of senior leaders in leadership development initiatives is pivotal to the success and effectiveness of these programs. Senior leaders play a crucial role in shaping the organization’s leadership culture and nurturing the growth of future leaders.

Here are key aspects of their role in leadership development:

  • Setting the Vision and Strategy: Senior leaders must define the vision for leadership within the organization and outline the strategies and objectives for leadership development initiatives. They should align these initiatives with the company’s overall business goals.
  • Modelling Leadership Behaviours: Senior leaders serve as role models for aspiring leaders. They should exemplify the desired leadership qualities, values, and behaviours. Their actions and decision-making demonstrate the organization’s leadership expectations.
  • Mentoring and Coaching: Senior leaders can actively engage in mentoring and coaching emerging leaders. They provide guidance, share experiences, and offer support to help these leaders develop their skills and reach their potential.
  • Creating a Learning Culture: Senior leaders foster a culture of continuous learning and development within the organization. They encourage employees to seek opportunities for growth and embrace a mindset of improvement.
  • Resource Allocation: Senior leaders allocate the necessary resources for leadership development programs, including budget, time, and personnel. They ensure that these programs are adequately funded and supported.
  • Identifying High-Potential Leaders: Senior leaders are responsible for identifying and nurturing high-potential individuals within the organization. They play a critical role in succession planning by recognizing and grooming future leaders.
  • Supporting Development Initiatives: Senior leaders must actively endorse and participate in leadership development programs. Their support and involvement send a powerful message to other employees about the importance of these initiatives.

In summary, senior leaders are not just recipients of leadership development but active enablers and champions of it. Their commitment, involvement, and support are essential to fostering a robust leadership pipeline and a culture of continuous improvement within the organization.

Frederik is a senior executive coach, business consultant, and professional licensed coach and trainer. He is the owner of Create2Experience VOF, a consulting company specializing in leadership impact, team performance, and personal growth.

In the past, Frederik has worked for two larger consulting groups: Boertien and Partners Management Consultants and the Incontext HRD Group. He has worked for over 10 years in the fast-moving consumer goods industry in several high-level commercial management positions with an international scope. His current work portfolio focuses on leadership development, team performance, and business training (sales, negotiations, account management). Frederik has led several large organizational change processes in the oil and gas, finance, and consumer goods industries.

Frederik is a passionate business leader who combines hands-on experience with deep knowledge of business processes and human behavior. He maintains an impeccable standard of integrity and authenticity and is highly committed to the objectives set with his clients. Frederik brings passion, empathy, business acumen, and refined coaching skills to his work. He loves to talk about people and performance, and has been a keynote speaker at several large events in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He received his B.S. in Economics in the Netherlands and obtained his Master of International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona State University).

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