Specialist development

What is specialist development?

When talking about talent development, the focus has traditionally been on future leaders. That is, the employees in the organization who have shown a particular potential and interest in becoming leaders in the long term.  

It's understandable that leadership development is a big deal in organizations. If you're able to develop your own leaders, it can bring a lot of benefits. However, one of the downsides of focusing solely on leadership talent is that specialist development is overlooked. And that's unfortunate. 

With the highly educated and specialized workforce we have in Denmark, not everyone aspires to a vertical career path towards ever-increasing managerial responsibility. Instead, many specialists prefer to develop further within their area of expertise. 

Why specialist development is important

The demographic trend in Denmark, where larger generations are leaving the labor market and smaller generations are entering, is changing the dynamics of the workforce. This shift can have a significant impact on organizations' ability to attract and retain skilled employees in the future. With a shrinking workforce and stable or growing demand, competition for available talent is becoming intense.

Creating an attractive workplace is essential to meeting this challenge. Offering employees opportunities for personal and professional development within the organization is one of the most effective ways to attract and retain talented professionals. Through career paths and a strong culture of talent development and specialization, organizations can appeal to employees' ambitions and help them shape their future within the company. This creates a competitive advantage that not only attracts talented employees, but also anchors them in the organization for the long term and contributes to its continued success.

LEAD's approach to specialist development

If you want to enhance your specialist development and strengthen your talent environment, LEAD is ready to assist you. Our skilled management consultants with expertise in specialist consulting have a long history of talent development in municipalities, government agencies and private companies.

Our offerings include a wide range of options, including customized specialist consulting programs and participation in talent programs. We facilitate professional training, coach, offer confidential sparring and help conduct exercises. We can also assist with the development of a talent philosophy and talent strategy, and we have experience in implementing both in your organization.

When working with specialist development, we focus on unlocking the value of specialists' knowledge and skills and connecting them to the organization's goals and strategy. This includes creating clear career paths, developing relevant competence profiles, fostering an inclusive talent and learning environment and developing leadership practices based on practice-oriented and research-based knowledge about specialists. We always adapt our approach to your organization's specific needs and challenges.

Please contact us for a more detailed dialog about how we can strengthen your specialist development and talent environment.

How we can help you

We offer you management and organizational sparring, research-based training and presentations on specialist development as well as training courses with a specific focus on providing you and your organization with general management skills. Read examples of our services here.


Inspiring research-based presentations on specialist development for all levels of your organization.


Sparring in the development of your strategy, decisions and initiatives.


Facilitation of active workshops focusing on competence development at management and executive level.

Contact us to learn more about what we can do for your organization

Are you facing an organizational change? Do you need strategic advice or a cultural development program?

Contact us and together we will tailor a process that develops the exact competencies and structures that strengthen and future-proof your organization.

Claus Elmholdt

Professional Director, Founder
Cand.Psych.Aut. & Ph.d.
Associate Professor in Management and Organizational Psychology, Aalborg University

Mobile: +45 26 14 51 57
Email: ce@lead.eu