Do companies benefit from having more women in leadership positions, and if so, why? The answer according to a host of recent studies is an unequivocal "yes."
As online technology continues to transform enterprise systems and expand markets, organizations can easily find themselves neglecting leadership training while focusing on technology upgrades. While adopting and integrating innovative technology systems is important, organizations still need effective leadership to manage and optimize their potential. In an effort to help, let's examine 4 benefits of providing leadership training.
Effective leadership is invaluable to a company and its employees. Strong leaders increase employee engagement and productivity, while reducing turnover rates and fueling cultures of innovation.
As a business professional, you may be under the impression that your business is running like a “well-oiled machine” and supervisors are up to par on everything they need to effectively manage team members. On the flip-side, many people in a leadership position also know that it takes a special skillset to lead others effectively. Most new managers actually feel very ill-equipped in their role as a new supervisor. Aside from these managers and supervisors stepping forward to request further training, there may be other telling factors within your company that indicate that it is time to consider options for advanced fundamental leadership training. Here are a few:
Many people believe that only top level executives benefit from leadership training, but in reality, anyone who is going to lead a group or supervise another person can profit from training. Leadership training can help bring out the best in team members, particularly when leadership roles need to change within the team as the project progresses.
What are the primary functional skills needed for managers and supervisors to lead their people effectively? Our experience, after working with thousands of managers and supervisors, has shown that there are a core group of skills most managers need if they are going to excel in their role. These all involve key functions managers must demonstrate regularly, while bringing out the best in their people.
Competitive advantage occurs when an organization acquires or develops an attribute or combination of attributes that allows it to outperform its competitors. - Wikipedia
Lots of articles have been written on the subject of credibility in business leadership. You may have read how body language and tone of voice can affect your colleagues’ perceptions of you. Chances are you’ve seen some firsthand examples of managers losing credibility after being dishonest, inappropriate, or lax. The fact is, credibility takes months to build and only a moment to destroy. Each day presents a new opportunity to garner trust and confidence from your teams.
Last week I commented on an important LinkedIn article from marketing and management executive, John White. White offered some great tips for business leaders—new and veteran. But his post’s last line, a quote from football legend Vince Lombardi, is maybe the most valuable:
Every year, which expense costs U.S. businesses more than employee travel, television advertising, and occupational injuries…combined?