Organizing Leadership Retreats


Leadership Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski

While many organizations regularly hold leadership retreats, many don't. Organizations that don't have at least bi-annual leadership retreats miss out on numerous benefits.


Retreats are a great opportunity to:

  • Communicate the latest vision and energize leaders to make the vision become reality

  • Communicate the organization's progress

  • Obtain assistance from outside experts to address areas of need

  • Identify obstacles and develop problem solving skills to overcome obstacles

  • Air problems and concerns

  • Brain storm about how to reach mutually-agreed-upon goals

  • Build cohesiveness, trust and endurance

  • Have fun together

  • Build interdependence and a team spirit


Presidents who don't hold leadership retreats, often would like to have them, but they just don't have the time to organize them. They subconsciously wish someone would take initiative and help organize it.


Consider approaching the CEO or president of your organization about holding a leadership retreat. This could be your opportunity to make a meaningful difference in your workplace. You might want to take one or more of your coworkers with you.


In order to convince him/her to hold a leadership retreat, you must demonstrate this is in their best interest and that this will not be a burden on them. And propose a reasonable budget for the event. The more extravagant, the less likely it will take place. Retreats are easiest to hold at a local hotel, resort or golf-course clubhouse.


Initiative is a character trait that employers reportedly pay more for this trait than any other trait. Now is a good time to begin the planning process. With a little preparation you can ensure this is a meaningful and positive experience for all concerned. The encouragement and morale boost leaders gain through this experience, more than compensates for the time invested to make this a meaningful event!


Future issues will provide you with more details on how you can reach the next level of leadership success.


You may want to print this and discuss it at your next leadership team meeting.


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