One of my direct reports targeted Delegating and Collaborating as focused IDP goals. After some initial doubt about the benefit of focusing on targeted skills, there has been observable improvement in demonstrated delegating and collaboration behavior. Co-workers on the team have also observed and commented on the individual’s increased skills since starting to use the Skill Kit for Leaders coaching units. The focused approach using the Skill Kits has been a strong contributing factor in demonstrated skill improvement.
I love the practicality of the “Skill Kit for Leaders” that you have developed for “real time” integration. You suggest tangible activities that a Manager/Leader can use immediately with their staff and you provide a wealth of resource materials — available through books and workshops and on the Internet, as well as videos on particular business topics. I especially like the format because it is clear and makes the resources easy to access.
Collected Responses from Individual Director-Level clients who have worked with The Skill Kit for Leaders
- “The clarity and focus it allowed me to work on for goal-setting and strategies to put into practical practice.”
- “The many categories of skill-building information that are available and having them as a reference to use for personal and staff.”
- “Making space to focus on my needs – by doing this I was able to better serve the organization”
- “The help I received to focus my attention on just a few crucial aspects of my leadership, which enabled me to make progress vs. become too scattered or spread too thin.”
- “The perspective and focus – also the detailed articles that sparked ideas”
- “The emphasis on mindfulness and reflection”
The Skill Kit for Leaders is packed with information and resources that leaders can use to understand and develop the skills and behaviors they need to succeed in our fast-paced and upwardly mobile world. I particularly like that it is all there – detailed, accurate, and laid out for me to use rather than invent. I spend my time working with my leaders – not doing the research and creating all of the materials. Saves me lots of time and energy. Most of all, the SKL helps me help leaders faster and with really good content.
I highly recommend Diane Foster and her very well documented and excellent work to anyone who would like to advance in their personal or professional life. Her work is insightful and uplifting. And most importantly, she is a genuine, good hearted person who is always willing to learn and a delight to hear her insights and her charming way of communicating truths.
Can I share the resources you gave me on Listening and Communication from the Skill Kit with another Director who doesn’t have you as a coach? He really needs them too.
Having been tasked with creating Talent Management tools for several organizations, I find the Skill Kit for Leaders to be a very integrated Talent Management approach that incorporates all the elements that truly support leaders in their development and the development of those that they lead.
I have no doubt that this legacy project of Diane’s, will have major positive impact on the organizations that are wise enough to use it to create a “Systems Approach to Leadership Development” in their organization.
The Skill Kit for Leaders, by Diane Foster is one of the best collections of tools and activities I have seen for developing leadership. The 8 leadership roles and 34 skills to develop them, creates a treasure chest of gems sure to improve leadership at all levels.
Diane is thorough, thoughtful, strategic, and deeply-involved when she is in “work” mode. I have genuine appreciation for the people knowledge she has and how effectively she applies it in very difficult change management and organizational development situations. In addition, she has innovated some amazing diagnostic tools. She personally applies them and very skillfully transfers them to her clients, who continue to benefit from her work for years afterwards. I can’t say enough positive things about Diane’s coaching, development, and organizational strategy work with me and the Membership Division of EPRI.
I went to an executive workshop at Haas titled “Leader as Coach”. It was taught by a PhD along with his team. Honestly, your Skill Kit for Leaders is much more useful than what I learned from the workshop. The tool kit provides hands-on tools that can be used in so many areas. I don’t think it is being recognized for the great value it provides. I remember when I was stuck, couldn’t think of where to even start, I started poking around the Skill Kit and I found thinks that got me rolling to where I needed to go! Thank you!
Thanks so much for the resources in your Skill Kit for Leaders units on Delegation, Team building, and Managing Change have given me. Very helpful!
Diane Foster’s Skill Kit for Leaders program(SKL) prepares coaches to deliver a high end coaching experience to C-Suite and Executive level leaders.
This is a very rich resource and a MUST HAVE for any coach working with leaders on their development, but especially those working to develop leadership in the C-Suite.
I’m immensely impressed with the Skill Kit for Leaders: Emotional Intelligence Module. Diane Foster has leveraged her extensive high level experience with coaching for emotional intelligence, into a highly practical, valuable toolkit for professional coaches.
The System (for Developing Leadership Competency) is solid!
I have watched Diane work effectively in two organizations and have been impressed with her ability to intervene and help resolve complex organizational problems. She values and works harmoniously with a diverse group of professionals and is skilled at guiding them to more productive individual and group behaviors. Diane is always on the cutting edge in her field and ably transfers her knowledge to those around her. She is an innovative and knowledgeable leader and contributor and I commend her work.
My recent purchase of Diane Foster’s Skill Kit for Leaders, has accelerated my go-to-market status and personal momentum. The importance of having ready access to a wealth of competency -building materials relevant for today’s leaders cannot be understated. My confidence level and motivation has soared for working with mid-level managers using the SKL materials. Using the Skill Kit for Leaders has propelled both me and my business!
Diane enables those she works with to engage in ways that have not been the norm. She helped to stimulate the whole environment to learn, grow, and change.
I just wanted to take a moment of your time to thank you for all the hard work you did putting together the Skill Kit For Leaders! This is truly a priceless piece of work! What a tremendous tool you have created. I have not only been able to draw from your outlines for certain clients but have also used some of the reference materials myself. This is a mandatory tool to have in my bag as I work with Executives and Professionals in my coaching practice. I really feel like I have an edge. It also gave me the opportunity to present a quick glance, to a prospective corporate client, of the type of direction one can take in the coaching process. In one instance, I had only a moments notice regarding a spontaneous meeting with a referral and I was able to draw upon the Skill Kit For Leaders to provide a quick print outline of what we do.
Thanks again for all your hour and hours of work that it available to me for little time and effort of my own! I do feel a bit guilty that I did not spend those years that you must have spent on it but it is truly invaluable!
As an external consultant, Diane works with her H.R. colleagues in a true spirit of collaboration. With close attention to communication, she builds leverage for the internal staff and program.
I wanted to take a minute and recognize how much your coaching and your Skill Kit units have meant not only to me but our IT Department’s Leadership team. Our CIO introduced us to you and your Skill Kits for Leaders, as a way for us to look at building strengths in our leadership abilities. Each of the Directors and Managers on the IT Leadership team selected one SKL set they felt would help them improve in leading their teams, and the other was selected by our CIO. I have seen significant improvement in my leadership abilities around “Managing Conflict” and “Listening.” These were the first of hopefully may skill sets I’ll use. I’ve also seen improvement in my peer’s leadership abilities as well. For me the key was to be fearless about improving myself and putting the “Practice Activities” of each SKL unit in action. Having exposure to your leadership coaching has also impacted and strengthened my abilities as a leader. For anyone that wants to really become a more impactful leader, or progress in their career, I highly recommend working with Diane Foster and Associates. I plan to continue my growth on this path by selecting more Skill units that will continue to make me a better leader.
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