Companies need to align their leadership development programs with their broader goals if they're to be truly effective, writes Mitchell Osak. Tailor your training curriculum to specific business problems, seek out experts in your specific business rather than one-size-fits-all leadership coaches and evaluate your development programs' effectiveness just as you would any other area of your business. "To be truly effective, educational programs need to be treated like other investments and held to a much higher financial and performance standard," Osak writes.

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