How to Choose Leadership Training Programs

Staff September 5, 2017 0
How to Choose Leadership Training Programs

Leadership training programs can give companies an edge in this more competitive business environment. If you choose a great training program – which should ideally be part of a comprehensive strategy that has goals aligned with the company’s objectives – your employees and company leaders can have additional knowledge and skills that can go a long way towards delivering better products and services. Aside from that, effective training programs can help raise motivation in the workplace, increase employee engagement and lessen attrition.

Unskilled Bosses, Unproductive Workplace

It’s critical that leaders of the company have the necessary skills to motivate the staff. If bosses are unskilled, the workforce tends to be unproductive; and attrition tends to be high. A Harvard Business Review article “Why Controlling Bosses Have Unproductive Employees,” by Andrew O’Connell, reported that studies show that a controlling boss triggers a negative behavioral reaction called “reactance” which is a response to perceived threats to autonomy.

Aside from addressing these productivity issues, the leadership training programs you choose should help develop better communication skills; help develop skills for better prioritizing and delegation, project execution and decision making; help increases personal productivity minus the stress, and manage a life-work balance. Among the possible benefits of this kind of training for the company include helping company leaders become effective bridges between senior managers and the staff at the front line, and become effective in forging collaboration among cross function teams across the company, just to name a few.

Levels and Sites

Programs to train company leaders come in several kinds or formats. Some are entirely online, others are entirely on site, and there are others still that combine on site and online training. This will depend on your company’s specific needs. There are also programs that cover several weeks or longer; again, choose according to what suits your company best. Some training programs offer modules that have different combinations of on site and online schedules. This is a great thing: the best training programs offer the most options, flexibility, and customization.

You can also choose training modules according to levels. Some programs are categorized according to the levels of types of executives. Some are geared for senior executives, others are for up and coming leaders of the company. The difference between these programs is the focus. For senior managers, the more pressing concerns are developing skills to be able to lead strategically across the entire organization. To learn how to effectively communicate the organization’s strategic mission and vision, help build a cohesive organization and to be able to build a culture of innovation, to learn how to steer the company into a competitive business position, among others.

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