How to get the most out of management training
Good business leaders understand the benefits of leadership training for their managers. As a manager undergoing training, however, how can you make the most of the opportunity? Here, we’ll show you how to use management training to maximise your learning potential and gain skills that will help increase employee satisfaction and contribute to long-term career development.
Managers might attend leadership training for a number of reasons:
Notably, the motivation for management training is usually less about hard skills (such as employment law or budgeting software) and more about soft skills (such as communication and leadership.)
To get the best from your training opportunity, then, it’s important to focus on these soft skills and understand how these can be developed successfully. It’s also advisable to select an accredited training provider that offers management courses that are aligned to a CPD qualification.
There are many different forms of training available, from online modules completed in the learner’s own time, to face-to-face sessions delivered by an experienced trainer.
Different learning styles mean that people respond to these different training methods with varying levels of engagement. What we do know, however, is that face-to-face training is a really effective way to develop soft skills.
If you have a choice between a couple of different types of training it might be tempting to choose the one that requires less time out of your day. In fact, that could be a false economy; travelling to a dedicated venue for an immersive day of interaction with fellow managers could pay dividends in the effect it has on both your performance and outlook.
Open training courses allow for the ability to share experiences with peers from other organisations. Where training sessions involve delegates from diverse backgrounds and sectors, it can be enlightening to discuss the challenges you face. It quickly becomes obvious that whatever the sector or size of your company, many management issues are experienced universally.
These true-life stories help to bring the training to life. At Impellus, trainers always illustrate their points with examples from actual work situations, putting training theory into context to arm managers with practical and relevant knowledge that can be applied to their own working life.
Keeping in touch with other delegates following your training session can give you a valuable support network to lean on when you need it.
Return on investment from management training is notoriously very difficult to measure. However, a lack of leadership can have disastrous effects on your business’s bottom line and employee engagement. By getting your organisation to invest in the support that you require,
you can become a truly effective manager, confidently harnessing the people power of the team that surrounds you.
Effective training sessions are not really about telling people what to do or how to do it. Rather, they challenge you to self-reflect and motivate you to improve your performance as a manager. Starting off with a general management course will provide you with an understanding of the importance of leadership and will help you identify the special skills that you need to develop further like delegation, communication, coaching or managing performance. The training provider can suggest additional courses and provide support for you to study a management qualification.
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