Week 6 – Discussion 2 – HR Dev & Change

| January 30, 2017

Discussion 2: Leadership Development and Social Change

Leadership and management development can go beyond the day-to-day operations of an organization and can actually help contribute to promoting positive social change at many levels. The human resource skills of effective managers translate well in promoting social causes like gender and economic equality.

Based on your reading for this week:

Consider how companies can utilize leadership development to promote positive social change within an organization and around the community.

Post by Day 4 a substantive response of approximately 200–250 words that addresses the following:

Identify a company from your professional experience, including its industry and location.
Describe leadership development strategies that the company could employ within the organization to promote positive social change.
Explain how these leadership strategies could benefit both the company and the industry.

Use the Week 6 Discussion 2 Template (located in this week’s Learning Resources) to develop a draft of your response. Then, post your finalized statement to the Discussion Thread.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

Respond by Day 7 with at least 75 words each to two or more of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

Ask a probing question.
Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
Offer and support an opinion.
Make a suggestion.
Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned and the insights you gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Be sure to support your work with specific citations from the Learning Resources and any additional sources.

Week 6 Learning Resources

Required Resources


Blanchard, P. N., & Thacker, J. W. (2013). Effective training: Systems, strategies, and practices(5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice-Hall.
Chapter 11, “Employee and Management Development” (pp. 399–434)

Chapter 11 deals solely with the development of managers in an organization. In this chapter, you will study the roles, traits, and strategies of managers in an organization. You will also explore the various developmental strategies and training programs that benefit the development of managerial roles in an organization.

Focus on the reasons for and implications of creating training strategies for various managerial levels in an organization. This will help you create training programs focused on management needs, and bridge the gap between organizational goals and management principles.
Optional Resources
Afshar, V. (2014). The skills of a social business leader. Retrieved from http://www.inc.com/disneyinstitute/afshar/social-business-leader.html
Castellano, S. (2014). Reflections on leadership. TD: Talent Development, 68(12), 66–68.
PricewaterhouseCoopers. (2008). How leadership must change to meet the future. Retrieved from https://www.pwc.com/us/en/people-management/assets/future-leadership-change.pdf
Ray, K. W., & Goppelt, J. (2011). Understanding the effects of leadership development on the creation of organizational culture change: A research approach. International Journal of Training and Development, 15(1), 58–75.
Voloshin, K., & Winkle Giulioni, J. (2013). “Less is more” leadership development. TD, 67(9), 26–29.

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