THE STORY OF SUHAKA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Suhaka Leadership Development Associates (Suhaka LDA) is a leadership competencies identification, definition, modeling, assessment, and development firm based in Salt Lake City Utah. Founded in 2013, the principal partners of Suhaka LDA have more than 50 years of combined experience. Suhaka LDA provides best in class leadership competencies content and tools to help individuals and organizations build leadership capability.
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THE STORY BEHIND THE GUIDE
I spent nine years managing the training development and leadership development functions for organizations. In my final role I managed leadership development for a global organization with employees numbering in the tens of thousands with 16 different international centers on every continent.
As is common, the time came for my team and I to create an updated leadership competencies model and framework. That is when the idea for this project was first considered.
The immediate decision we were presented was whether to “build” or “buy” the competencies content we needed. We knew we didn’t have time to build it all from scratch. At the same time, we hit dead ends trying to identify a leadership competencies solution to purchase.
Every vendor we studied had a suite of selected competencies, but no one had everything we thought we needed. We also couldn’t identify a solution we could inherently customize to meet our needs, or one we could purchase within our budget constraints.
We ended up partnering with a vendor that didn’t completely meet our needs, paid extra to customize their content, and spent more money than we wanted to. The partnership lasted only a few years, and it just felt like there had to be a better way.
The experience was frustrating, but it planted the seed of a question. What if there was a single leadership competencies solution that instead of telling you what your leaders should be, presented the universe of what they could be, and then let you choose which leadership competencies matter most? Then, what if you could build that leadership competencies solution from the very beginning with the intent to allow others to customize and brand it based on their unique needs? Finally, what if the business model allowed the solution to be implemented at a cost that every individual and every small, medium, and large organization could afford?
With those questions in mind we set out to create the worlds most comprehensive and definitive leadership competencies resource. After two years of research and writing The Definitive Leadership Competencies Guide contains seven different tools for defining, assessing and developing what our qualitative research showed are the most common 120 leadership competencies in use today.
The Definitive Leadership Competencies Guide presents the most comprehensive view of today’s top leadership competencies, allowing organizations to choose what matters most to them. It was designed from the very beginning to present a strong content foundation and then be customized and changed by organizations to empower them to meet their unique leadership needs. In addition, it is available at a cost point that makes it possible for every organization to benefit from taking an 85% solution to the finish line, instead of having to start from scratch.
They say the best ideas are forged from the frustrations of people’s real experience, and that the best innovations are those created to help people solve their own problems and meet their own needs. This guide represents the solution we wish we had. We believe our needs of yesteryear will prove to be the solution that will best meet your leadership competencies and leadership development needs today.
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