Leadership Training for Success
Even a modest leadership training program can have a substantial effect on the performance of an organization. Many recent studies have pointed out that all organizations must manage their four resources: money, equipment, information, and people. Of the four resources, training tends to take a back seat. Most organizations already realize that the people are their most valuable asset. However, if there is a downturn in the business, the first item they cut is training.
Why Training is Important
A college degree might prepare students for their first job, but they will need specialized skills in order to develop, mature and become proficient and excel at their jobs. These skills can only be learned on the job or in specialized leadership training or technical training programs.
While I was at university, we were told that “University is where you learn to think. You will learn practical engineering when you enter industry.”
It is also already well-established that at different stages of their careers, employees will need different kinds of leadership training together with technical training to develop their expertise in their fields as well as leading their teams. It is unrealistic to expect that a fresh graduate will bring to the company the requisite skills and expertise to do a job well.
Given the speed at which technology and business processes have developed in recent years, it is easy to see that some of the concepts and tools we learned at school may already be outmoded or overtaken by development. The challenge for many organizations today is to increase productivity, reduce cost and increase quality at the same time. Can your staff manage to do this with the tools they learned at school?
The foregoing could be the reason training is a serious program with the larger and more successful organizations. In fact in some organizations, employees are required to take at least 24 hours of training every year. The lesson to learn is, if you want to keep up or get ahead, you need to train your people well, often and
SMEs and Leadership Training
SMEs often lag behind larger organizations in providing training for their employees. During the start-up phase, most entrepreneurs have to be a superman and do practically every job.
But, as the business grows you have to delegate these jobs. To whom can you delegate? Can anyone in your team do the job as well as you can?
This is where training comes in. Without the extra hands, your business cannot grow. You need a team. You need to train your team. You need to think strategically about what your employees need to learn.
Where to Start a Training Program for your Employees?
Develop your employees’ problem-solving skills. Most of us learn best by doing. Do you challenge your team’s ability to think? Or do you spoon feed them?
I’ve found that if you do all the thinking for your team, they soon lose the ability to think at all. You end up doing all the work and wonder why on earth you are paying a bunch of morons.
Do you give your employees an opportunity to grow? If they cannot grow with you, they will grow with someone else. Then, you will have to find a replacement and begin all over again.
“Training has become a strategic investment – not just a cost to be budgeted.” American Society of Training and Development
Training for your employees is easily available. If you do not have your own training department with skilled trainers, you can send you staff to external training or you can engage a consultant to come to your premises and conduct “in-house” training on the topic you require.
Rafael M. Pefianco MPM FAAPM
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