Managing Leaders: Strategies for Leadership Development

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Discover strategies and tools for managing leaders and fostering excellence in your organisation with insights from Being Leaders.

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One of the most crucial transitions in a leader’s career is moving from managing individual contributors to managing other leaders. This shift requires a unique set of skills and strategies to ensure success. At Being Leaders, we provide comprehensive training to help leaders navigate this complex transition effectively. In this article, we explore key strategies for managing leaders and fostering a culture of excellence within your organisation, drawing on insights from our core principles and tools.

Understanding the Role of a Leader or Leaders

Managing leaders involves a fundamental change in perspective. Instead of directly overseeing tasks and projects, a leader of leaders must focus on empowering their team leaders to manage their own teams effectively. This requires:

  • Vision and Strategy: Developing a clear vision and strategic direction for the team leaders to follow. This ensures that all leaders are aligned with the organisation’s overall goals and objectives.

  • Delegation and Trust: Trusting team leaders to make decisions and handle responsibilities independently. Effective delegation not only empowers leaders but also encourages accountability and innovation.

  • Coaching and Development: Providing ongoing coaching and development opportunities. This helps leaders enhance their skills, overcome challenges, and achieve their full potential.
Key Strategies for Managing Leaders
Communicate Clearly and Consistently

Clear communication is the foundation of effective leadership. As a Leader of Leaders, it’s essential to communicate your vision, expectations, and feedback consistently. Regular check-ins, team meetings, and transparent communication channels help maintain alignment and foster a culture of trust.

Tip: Regular Leadership Alignment Meetings can ensure that all team leaders are on the same page regarding organisational goals, priorities, and strategies. Use these sessions to share updates, address concerns, and reinforce the vision.

Foster a Collaborative Environment

Encourage collaboration among your team leaders. Create opportunities for them to share ideas, best practices, and challenges. This collaborative approach not only strengthens team cohesion but also leads to innovative solutions and continuous improvement.

Tip: When you have a new opportunity or challenge at hand, schedule Collaborative Workshops  to bring team leaders together to solve real-time problems, brainstorm new ideas, and develop cohesive strategies. Encourage a culture of open dialogue and mutual support.

Provide Autonomy and Empowerment

Micromanaging can stifle creativity and hinder performance. Instead, provide your team leaders with the autonomy they need to manage their teams effectively. Empower them to make decisions, take risks, and learn from their experiences. This builds confidence and fosters a sense of ownership and accountability.

Tip: Use the Sandbox Triangle as a framework to outlined the boundaries within which team leaders can make decisions independently, ensuring they have the freedom to lead while maintaining alignment with organisational goals.

Offer Constructive Feedback and Recognition

Regular, constructive feedback is crucial for growth and development. Provide specific, actionable feedback to help your team leaders improve and excel in their roles. Additionally, recognise and celebrate their achievements and successes. This boosts morale and motivates leaders to strive for excellence.

Tip: Implementing a Feedback Loop System encourages a continuous feedback culture where leaders receive and provide feedback in real-time. Use structured templates to ensure feedback is constructive, specific, and actionable.

Invest in Professional Development

Continuous learning and development are vital for effective leadership. Offer training programs, workshops, and mentorship opportunities to help your team leaders enhance their skills and stay updated with industry trends. At Being Leaders, we provide tailored training solutions to support leaders at every stage of their career.

Tip: Work with your leaders to create customised Personal Development Plans that includes goals, training opportunities, and milestones. Regularly review and update these plans to ensure ongoing growth and development.

Encourage Innovation and Adaptability

In today’s dynamic business environment, the ability to innovate and adapt is crucial. Encourage your team leaders to embrace change, experiment with new ideas, and stay agile. Support them in developing a growth mindset and resilience to navigate challenges and seize opportunities.


Tip: Incorporate Innovation Incubation Sessions to foster creativity and innovation by providing leaders with the space and resources to develop and test new ideas. Promote a culture where experimentation is valued and learning from failure is encouraged.

Create and Utilise Sandboxes

One of the most effective tools for managing leaders is the Sandbox approach. This concept involves creating a structured yet flexible environment where team leaders can operate with autonomy while adhering to organisational goals and boundaries. Sandboxes provide leaders with the space to make decisions, experiment, and grow within a safe framework.


Tip:  Implement the Being Leaders Sandbox Tool. This tool helps define the scope, boundaries, and expectations for team leaders, allowing them to lead with confidence and creativity. The Sandbox Tool ensures that while leaders have the freedom to innovate, they remain aligned with the overall strategic direction of the organisation.


Managing leaders is a complex yet rewarding responsibility that requires a strategic approach and a focus on empowerment, communication, and development. By implementing these strategies and utilizing tools from Being Leaders, you can foster a culture of excellence, drive performance, and achieve sustainable success within your organisation.


At Being Leaders, we are committed to helping leaders thrive in their roles and make a meaningful impact. Our training programs, including the Sandbox Tool, are designed to equip leaders with the skills and insights they need to succeed. 


Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your leadership development journey.

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