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Tim Millett
Published by Tim Millett
08 October 2013

When you have made the decision to invest in management training, you have made a conscious decision to transform your managers into leaders. To turn them into people who will lead their team with confidence and by example. Major issues when it comes to management training include

  • Time management skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Team leading skills

Time management skills

Time management skills are one of the top qualities to be recognised and learnt by any manager who wants to have the time to focus on becoming a better leader. Managers have to learn to prioritise effectively. This will help them meet their own deadlines and ensure that they aren’t negatively impacting on the ability of their team members to complete their own tasks. Developing better time management will enable a team leader to work proactively instead of simply reacting to the situations that arise.

Interpersonal skills

Effective and persuasive interpersonal skills are a naturally occurring quality in many leaders. They are skills that can also be developed. Becoming more aware and better able to handle yourself and others on a personal and social level is always an important element of making the transition from management to effective leadership.

Management training will help your managers to identify the key elements of effective communication. Training will assist your managers in how to harness the power of persuasive language, appropriate and effective body language and public speaking. Your team leaders will improve their relationships with people in the team and generate stronger rapport with customers. Training will ensure that they can delegate efficiently to their team and liaise productively with the client and supervisors.

Decision-making skills

A strong leader must be decisive and persuasive when the situation demands it. Leaders who demonstrate decision-making skills themselves, will not only act as a role model but a reliable figure head. By showing decisive behaviour, a manager is actively encouraging the development of those qualities in their team members. Self assured leaders will generate a feeling of security within the team. They will become known as someone who can be relied on to make the difficult and important decisions when it is appropriate to do so.

Negotiation skills are incredibly valuable in a team leader. They come in handy when you are dealing with sensitive or possibly explosive situations or ultimatums. These skills will also show by example, that you value compromise and understanding amongst your team.

Team leading skills

Developing the skills to work with and lead a team is essential in the development from manager into an effective leader. If this cannot be achieved then all the other three skills will come in a distant second. Poor leadership will reduce the chances of the job getting get done effectively.

Each team is comprised of different personalities and abilities. A good manager will know how to appeal and relate to each of those individuals and how to get the best performance out of them.

Manager training
is important in fostering those naturally occurring, leadership qualities in your team leaders. Training will help them identify these qualities and develop them, turning your managers into leaders.

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