By Dr. Moutaz K. Director of Training and Development, AZTECH
Leadership is needed in the business sector because every company needs leaders that will guide their employees toward goal achieving. But, unfortunately, not every leadership training program out there will create the leaders your business needs. The training can be extremely interesting and captivating, but once they return to their roles in the companies where they work, these so-called newly formed leaders come to the conclusion that they do not have the skills necessary to lead. Thus, leadership programs should not just be inspirational, but practically help people acquire the skills needed to become a good leader.
What happens during these leadership Training is that the training executive tries to stir the leadership trait in the participants by accessing their personalities at a deeper level and bringing into the light their real charisma. What it even stunning is that executives in the corporate domain have nothing against such an approach. As stated by one of them, leadership cannot be taught as it is an instinctive trait that has to be brought to the surface. This particular aspect underlines that, regardless that a person is highly competent and knows his or her business inside-out, certain people never end up being real leaders. Such an affirmation may have been valid a few decades ago, but today we cannot accept the fact that only some of us, only a part of the people in this world, are capable of developing into leaders. The traditional hierarchy in a corporation is not valid anymore, as companies come together and form a network of projects and everyone working in a corporate environment will have, at one point, to manage and lead a certain project.
So we cannot rely on leadership programs that focus on making people feel charismatic. This type of training should focus on the development of micro-behavioral skills, after breaking leadership down into a set of smaller skills, which people can use as tools and lead, taking their companies one step further. Having all these in mind, you may find the following tips more than valuable in finding the adequate leadership program.
1. Leadership is a skill that can be taught
While it is true that some people are more prone to becoming leaders while others have to work harder to reach the same position, everybody can learn this particular skill. So, instead of using inspirational and motivational speeches, leadership training should pass on the know-how of this particular trait. It should help people gain and use both managerial and political competencies.
2. The training program should use the correct vocabulary
It is not such a good decision to participate in a general leadership training program because, without the use of an adequate vocabulary, specific to your business’s industry, your participants won’t feel that the training is addressing to them.
3. Leadership training programs must be supported by actual leaders
In the absence of a real leader that should support and backup the training program, it would be like participating in a medical seminar hosted by a nurse. Most people don’t even get through the entire program if leaders are not there to share their knowledge.
4. The training should continue even after the program ends
These days, training programs are shorter and shorter, because time is precious, schedules are busy, and no company is willing to send its employee away for too long. This is why it is necessary for follow ups to exist in the training program that would monitor and assess the way participants assimilated and implemented the skills provided by the program. Also, it would be highly recommended if trainees could meet after a certain period, in the same training environment, so they can share their experiences, ideas, and even lessons for the others.
5. The training group should be diverse
While it is important for the training program to use an industry-specific vocabulary, it is even more important for the training group to be diverse. This means that it should be composed out of people that have various roles and positions within the company because the collaboration and communication between all these persons during the training program will improve their relationships inside the company.