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When Does Leadership Development Become Organizational Development?

Identify the Individual and Organizational Capabilities that Your Company Needs to Succeed

What Are Leadership Development and Organizational Development?

Much has been written about the importance of developing leaders to meet the challenges of the future. A wealth of material has also been produced on organizational development (OD) and how, by overcoming the barriers to effectiveness, it can improve an organization’s overall performance. So where do the two meet?

Let’s start with some definitions. Leadership development is the easier of the two to define: “Expanding the collective capacity of organizational members to engage effectively in leadership roles and processes” (McCauley, 1998).

For organizational development, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) defines it as: “The planned and systematic approach to enabling sustained organization performance through the involvement of its people.” Even the CIPD concedes that “behind this definition lies a depth of research and practice, but also confusion.”

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