Leadership Development Plan
Leadership Development Plan Use insights from Assessment 3 to write a 4-6 page plan to deliver to your leader in which you outline
future actions for your development as a human resource leader. Introduction Human resource professionals encourage, guide, and develop plans to assist others in their career
growth. As a professional, it is equally important that you continually grow and develop your own
leadership competencies by setting in motion a personal development plan. A personal development plan needs to be tailored to the individual’s specific needs for growth. It is
based on an individual’s clear definitions of their strengths, goals, and career needs. The personal
leadership statement you wrote in Assessment 3 will serve as a guide to your developmental plan. Your
plan will include clear action steps with a timeline for completion that is relevant for you. It does not
contain general concepts; rather, it contains measurable outcomes that can be clearly identified as
having been accomplished. Your final assessment in this course will be the development of this focused plan for you.
Note: You will need to incorporate results from Assessment 3 into this assessment. Therefore, you are to
complete this assessment after completing Assessment 3. Introduction A clear development plan is important to not only maintain focus on steps to expand a leadership role. It
also helps define the type of support needed through resources or individuals to achieve them. Clear
development plans begin with defining goals that fit the SMART model: Specific, Measurable, Attainable,
Relevant, and Time-Bound. In this assessment, you will be writing your personal leadership development
plan to submit to your leader as a tool to assist in your advancement as a human resource professional. Scenario Your leader has requested from you a development plan to assist your advancement as a human
resource professional. Your plan will need to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-
bound to allow your leader to support you in your growth. Your leader wants to hold you accountable to
the actions you need to take, as well as identify additional support you will need to accomplish the goals
set forward in your plan. Leadership Development Challenge In Assessment 3, you defined your strengths, your leadership philosophy, and your role as a future
human resource leader. In this assessment, you will use insights from Assessment 3 to outline future
actions for your development as a human resource leader. To prepare for this assessment, you will need to:
• Use your personal leadership statement from Assessment 3 as a foundation for your
development decisions. Define goals that would target your development as a good strategic
partner within human resources as well as to employees and leaders within the organization.
• Identify effective goals. The Development Goals activity gives you clear steps and ideas in the
goal setting process.
• Determine resources to assist you in your development. The resource activities provided with
this assessment provide options to consider. Instructions Write a 4–6 page plan to deliver to your leader in which you outline future actions for your leadership
development. Your Development Plan needs to be specific with attainable, relevant, time-bound actions
that are clearly measurable in their outcomes. Your paper should be well organized and cover the
following elements. Because it is your plan, identifying yourself in the first person would be
appropriate. You may also choose to use tables, charts, or other strategies to more effectively
communicate your plan.
• Analyze your strengths, leadership philosophy, and role as a human resource leader to define
clear goals you need or desire for your own human resource leadership development. Address
o Each goal addresses all elements of SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable,
Relevant, and Time-Bound. For example, define specific outcomes you wish to happen
by achieving a goal:
o “Being a better leader” is not specific.
o “Improving my communication, trust, and influence with my two team
members” is more specific.
o The Development Goals activity gives you clear steps and ideas in the goal
o One of the goals supports your ability to influence stakeholders as a human resource
• Explain how one of the goals supports your ability to influence stakeholders as a human
• Identify specific action steps and timelines needed to achieve each of your development goals.
o Break down each identified goal into action steps. You may need several action steps for
each goal and ensure they are realistic to achieve. For example:
o “Attend all SHRM conferences in the next year” may not be a realistic scheduling
o “Attend one local SHRM workshop by May focusing on communication” would
be more specific, attainable, and relevant.
o Provide a timeline of each action step on your personal development plan. Be as specific
as you can with realistic dates of completion for each action item.
o You may find it useful to use a chart for this section of the assessment.
• Identify resources to assist in achieving each of your development goals.
o The Human Resource Professional Development activity provides a list of potential ideas
on resources to assist you.
o Include other resources as needed to support you in achieving each of your
o Indicate the outcomes you expect by using each of the resources. Additional Requirements
• Length: 4–6 typed, double-spaced pages, plus the cover and resources pages.
o The first page should be a cover sheet with your name, the course number, assessment
title, and date. No other information is required on this page.
o The last page should be the reference list.
• Organization: Make sure that your assessment writing is well organized, using headings and
subheadings to organize content for the reader.
• Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 points.
• Resources: Use 2–6 references to support your assertions and conclusions.
• APA formatting: Resources and in-text citations are formatted according to current APA style
• Written communication:
o Adhere to professional and scholarly writing standards to achieve a professional quality
o Support assertions and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence. Review the HR Leadership Development: Leadership Development Plan Scoring Guide prior to
submitting to ensure you have met the requirements of the assessment. Competencies Measured By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following
course competencies through corresponding scoring guide criteria:
• Competency 2: Assess strengths and personal leadership capabilities to inform development as
a human resource leader.
o Analyze strengths, leadership philosophy, and role to define clear goals for human
resource leadership development.
o Identify specific action steps and timelines needed to achieve development goals.
o Identify resources to assist in achieving development goals.
• Competency 3: Analyze ways in which human resource leaders build trust and relationships to
influence stakeholders in the workplace.
o Explain how a goal supports influencing stakeholders as a human resource leader.
• Competency 4: Communicate professionally through writing that is organized and supported
and that clearly conveys intended information.
o Convey intended purpose by adhering to organization, professional, and scholarly
writing standards and incorporating relevant supporting evidence. ePortfolio You should consider adding this assessment to your personal ePortfolio. This assessment demonstrates
your ability to articulate your development needs and opportunities to continue to grow as a human
resource professional. Along with demonstrating the ability to actively engage in your own
development, this skill is valuable for human resource professionals to be able to encourage, guide, and
develop plans to assist others in their career growth. You will want to organize your assessments to
more easily support future reflection and completion of your HRM capstone project as well as for
showcasing your knowledge with employers after graduation. For more information on ePortfolio, visit
the Campus ePortfolio page