More often than not managers are promoted from within the organisation. They are usually people that do their job extremely well, so it’s assumed they will thrive as leaders as well. Making this assumption is where most organisations go wrong when selecting leaders: doing your job well does not necessarily mean that you will become an effective leader.
Being an effective leader takes skills. These skills need to be learnt and developed for a good worker to transition into a good leader. By providing your new managers with leadership training, you give them the tools they need to guide your team successfully.
A good leader inspires positive change, is trusted by the workforce, boosts employee morale and is able to create a cohesive work environment. These are capabilities that can be taught through leadership training. CDL Insight suggests that there are 5 ways leadership training help’s you become a better leader:
- Improved emotional intelligence. Almost everyone has heard of intelligence quotient (IQ), but very few people have heard of emotional intelligence (EQ) – both big-part players in determining how successful you are. So what is it? Well, EQ is the other kind of smart; it’s the ability to identify, understand and handle your emotions and those of other people. EQ enables you to remove emotions from rational thinking which improves your ability to make good decisions – something you’ll need to do often as a leader.
- Confidence boost. Low self-confidence is a common problem with a lot of individuals who are taking up leadership positions for the first time. This can be problematic as staff will pick up on your lack of confidence and as a result have a less positive perception of you. Leadership training programmes involve you in confidence-building activities such as public speaking and other group activities that enable you to remain self-confident even when facing opposition.
- Conflict resolution skills. There is bound to be conflict anywhere more than one person are confined in the same space for the most part of their active day. Conflicts are pretty common in all workplaces and could result in reduced productivity, a disengaged workforce, voluntary attrition, and evenlawsuits when things escalate. It is for this reasons that conflict management skills are necessary for all leaders. Leadership training teaches you how to deal with conflicts for team cohesion and uniformity of goals.
- Employee motivation skills. One of the duties of a leader is to motivate their workforce and have everyone working hard towards meeting the organisation’s Because we are human and unique, we don’t all respond to the same motivational stimuli. This makes employee motivation one of the most challenging tasks of any leader. Leadership training will teach you employee motivation skills that will have your team motivated for better goal achievement.
- Reduced mistakes. It’s common for someone who is just starting out at something to make mistakes. Mistakes are not necessarily bad (it’s how we learn and improve after all), but they can be costly to the organisation and should, therefore, be avoided whenever possible. Leadership training exposes you to some of the common leadership pitfalls so that you can plan effectively and avoid them – there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
The debate whether leaders are born or made is still ongoing, but one thing’s for sure; even talented individuals require some training to finesse their abilities.