How to find a training that will work for you
Is this you:
“I am new to leadership, and my aspirations are high, but I am truly more concerned with just getting a grip on the basics!”
Your Objective Should Be
FOCUS! As a new leader you simply want to know what your priorities should be. In essence, you are looking at a wide range of competencies that you may or may not have. Which ones are more important than others?
Best Delivery Methods
Best results are realized when participants are allowed time between sessions to try out and to tune up. This is called spaced-learning. Ideally, participants are given field assignments to implementing the newly covered skill. This immediate application has proven results for long-term success in learning, especially if the assignment is reinforced at the subsequent class.
NEW to training – Coaching as a companion to the training. Excellent option when available and an effective way to gain personal clarity and master the skills rapidly.
Best Topics to Cover
The fundamentals should never be overlooked.
Different companies offer various topics. Here are my standards for ALL leaders, whether you are fresh meat to the position or have some time under your belt.
The best investment in your time is to become an effective speaker. You just cannot pull off being an effective leader until you sound like an effective leader.
Great Topics for this level of training:
(This is the order that I often use when I design and instruct)
- The Fundamentals of Leadership
- You as a Leader-Manager
- Your Leadership Style
- Communication Skills
- Being Flexible in Conflict
- Building Trust & Making Decisions
- Developing your Team
- Assessing & Motivating Employees
- Process Improvement Tools & Techniques
- Strategic Planning & Goal Setting
- Personal Action Plan and Accountability
Setting the Tone in Your Office
Now that you are the guy in charge, what needs to be done?
You may be asking yourself about what new actions you should take.
Remember: a message about who you are as a leader will be mostly set within the first 3 months. Take some time to get familiar, but then be ready to have a firm vision of what you’d like to see change.
A great office environment has certain protocols, like a professional email etiquette policy. You may have a philosophy of lifelong learning, so your workplace may also be a place where employees are constantly growing and getting feedback.
Perhaps the most important initiation into your new role as a new leader is finding your leadership style. Luckily, I have some guidelines for you in the Leader’s List, a pleasant study into what makes a leader someone with a voice, a character, and a style that will transcend just a job title.