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Why Leadership Development and Training is Important for Leaders

Why Leadership Development and Training is Important for Leaders
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    by Sara J. Baker, Ed.D.

    The world is changing at a rapid pace, and it’s almost impossible to keep up. If you’re leading a team, how can you be expected to stay ahead of the curve? With so much going on in today’s business environment, it’s important for leaders to not only have leadership skills but also develop new ones. And this is where leadership development comes into play.

    What is Leadership Development and Why is it Important for Leaders

    Leadership development programs are designed to help leaders learn the necessary skills they need in order to lead their teams effectively and efficiently as well as inspire them with confidence and enthusiasm–both critical qualities of successful leaders! A good leader understands that if his or her team members are happy then he/she will be too.

    To put it simply, leadership training helps leaders gain invaluable skills that will help them not only succeed in business but also succeed in life. Here are some more reasons why you need to enter into a leadership development program:

    • You’ll learn how to motivate and inspire your team members. In order to lead a successful team, you need to make sure that they are motivated and inspired every single day.
    • You’ll learn the skill of being able to delegate, making life easier for yourself as well as your staff. Once you know exactly what needs to be done–and who needs to do what–then you’ll be able to better manage your time and energy.
    • You’ll learn how to successfully lead a team, which in turn means that you’ll be more successful as an individual. This will not only help you at work, but it will also help you become a better leader when you leave the office.

    What is a Successful Leader

    So what does being a successful leader entail? For one thing, it’s having a positive attitude. A lot of people think that a successful leader is one who will yell at employees or do whatever it takes to get the job done. Nothing could be farther from the truth! A successful leader is someone who is willing to work with his/her team members and empower them in their roles within the company.

    Leaders know that the success of a company is reliant on the hard work and dedication of their employees. And because they know this, they obviously want to reward those members who show loyalty and devotion by being proactive, reliable, responsible and as productive as possible.

    Tips for How You, as a Leader, Can Grow Your Own Skills

    A leadership development program is the best way to improve your skills as a leader. But what can you do if you don’t have access to one? Never fear. There are still ways for you to become an even better leader in your organization, regardless of whether or not there are leadership classes being offered at your job. Here’s how:

    Read a book on leadership – There are many books available that can help you improve your skills as a leader. Check the library for resources or purchase a book of interest to you and keep it at home. You can also read business-related publications online like Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, etc. or leadership blogs like Leadership Freak or Lolly Daskal’s blog

    Review your progress regularly – To make sure you’re on the right track, ask yourself these questions:

    Am I a good leader?  In what ways am I a good leader now vs. six months ago? What skills have I learned from others that will help me be more successful in my role as a leader? Am I improving as a leader or did I reach my peak six months ago?

    Keep an eye out for opportunities –  Leadership training is one way to improve your skills as a leader but, trust me, there are others. You can attend conferences, seminars or panels that will help you learn more about leadership and being successful in the workplace. Or you may find yourself involved with someone who has the potential to become a leader in the company and decide to nurture him/her.  Becoming a successful leader doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, dedication and lots of hard work!

    Determine Your Leadership Strengths

    If you aren’t quite sure what kind of leader you are, I suggest taking a test to determine your leadership style. It’s important to know what your strengths are as a leader and also to consider areas where you can focus your energy to build relationships with your team.

    Why Leadership Development and Training is Important for Leaders

    Do you find yourself embracing a certain style of leadership or does it change from time to time?

    As a leader, how do you motivate your employees and is it working?  Are they getting the results that you want them to achieve? If not, why not? Are there areas where you need to focus on developing your skills as a leader? If so, what are they and how can you improve in those areas?

    If someone were writing a letter of recommendation for you as a leader, what would it sound like? What strengths would the writer mention about you that he/she thought set you apart from other leaders at your company or in your industry?

    In today’s competitive marketplace, leadership skills are extremely important. Regardless of what type of business you’re in, having strong leaders at the helm will ensure that the company is successful and continues to grow.

    Leadership Skills to Be Successful

    Leadership development courses should help you focus on important skills for leaders to possess. So what skills should a leader possess? Here are some important characteristics of successful leaders: the ability to engage, develop and motivate team members, communication skills, emotional intelligence, loyalty and integrity. These are all crucial for any leader to have in order for him/her to lead successfully. Moreover, if you’re continuously learning new things and growing as a leader, you’ll be able to take on new and exciting challenges. Your development and growth are a necessity in today’s competitive business environment!

    It’s also important for leaders to learn how to delegate responsibility to team members so that everyone can be productive and successful. Moreover, leaders should be prepared to shoulder the responsibility for their shortcomings by showing integrity and humility.

    Ways You Can Take on New Challenges with Continuous Learning

    Here are some tips for how you, as a leader, can grow your own skills:

    Take the initiative to connect with other leaders and share experiences.

    Expand your network and meet with peers who can help you grow as a leader.

    Speak at events and meetings; the more public speaking opportunities you have, the easier it will be for you to get comfortable being in front of crowds.

    Read business books and journals to learn from other leaders’ mistakes and errors.

    Look into leadership programs and workshops that will equip you with new skills. Remember, not only is it important to learn the necessary skills you need in order to lead your team effectively and efficiently as well as inspire them with confidence and enthusiasm–both critical qualities of successful leaders!

    Why It’s So Important For Leaders to be Constantly Learning and Growing From New Experiences

    Leadership is all about setting an example for those around you to follow. That means it’s important that leaders equip themselves with the skills needed in order to engage their team and continue learning from experiences they encounter outside of work so as not to stagnate in any area, but instead grow into a more well-rounded individual. To remain motivated every day, make sure to learn new things every day! And because it’s essential for leaders to be able to engage their team members, it’s vital that they are equipped with the skills needed to do so.

    Leaders need to be prepared to shoulder the responsibility for their shortcomings by showing integrity and humility. In order for leaders to lead successfully under any circumstances, they must possess loyalty and integrity which inspires trust and confidence from those who follow them. Moreover, leaders must also possess emotional intelligence so that they can effectively manage their own emotions as well as those of the people around them.

    Once you get in the habit of continuously including leadership development and training in your daily routine–at work and outside of work–you’ll not only become a better leader but also a more successful individual overall.

    Final Thoughts

    Remember that leadership development isn’t just about skills but also about growth and maturity as an individual! A successful leader is one who can grow and learn from every situation. This doesn’t mean that you need to be perfect every time, but it does require a willingness to take on new challenges with continuous learning.

    If this sounds like something you want in your leadership career, then we have the course for you! Our online courses will equip you with the skills needed for success as an effective leader today – no matter what industry or position level of experience. Enroll now before space runs out!

    Dr. Sara Baker, Founder of the Leadership Reformation

    About the Author

    Dr. Sara Baker is a thought leader in the area of positive leadership and healthy workplaces. With over 20 years of experience leading private and public organizations, she understands the challenges that employees face every day.

    Sara is the author of Toxic Workplace Survival Guide, an essential resource for anyone who wants to thrive in spite of a toxic work environment. In addition to her writing, Sara provides online courses for leadership development and coping with a toxic workplace.

    When she's not helping others learn how to lead successful lives, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends on her farm in Texas.

    Dr. Sara Baker, Founder of the Leadership Reformation

    About the Author

    Dr. Sara Baker is a thought leader in the area of positive leadership and healthy workplaces. With over 20 years of experience leading private and public organizations, she understands the challenges that employees face every day.

    Sara is the author of Toxic Workplace Survival Guide, an essential resource for anyone who wants to thrive in spite of a toxic work environment. In addition to her writing, Sara provides online courses for leadership development and coping with a toxic workplace.

    When she's not helping others learn how to lead successful lives, Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends on her farm in Texas.

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