How to train new managers starts by understanding they need training. I’ve trained new managers for more than 30 years as an employee and as an outside consultant. It’s been a privilege to work with companies attuned to the training needs of novice managers. Unfortunately, I’ve found these organizations to be the exception; the majority of businesses pay little or no attention to developing managers; while most organizations offer training, it’s usually sales, product, or technical training—not management. And yet, new managers are expected to complete tasks from conducting interviews to performing corrective actions. So, how are they supposed to learn these activities — if not through dedicated training?
Too few businesses offer continuing training to their leaders, and fewer yet take the time to recognize and train future managers. But I can tell you this, the ones who DO train future and existing managers prosper. Because organizations, who conduct ongoing leadership development, understand that developing people positively impact their culture, growth, and profit.
Make a Commitment to Management Training
Offer in-house or outsourced management development. Don’t limit it to existing managers, but develop the next team of leaders; be consistent — don’t stop and start the program on a whim.
Publish Written Managerial Procedures and Policies
But don’t stop there. Make formalized training sessions on these topics part of a continuing education program.
Develop a Leadership Development Program
Develop a management training system. Based on what, why, and how to lead people and if you don’t have the resources to develop a program—find one that works for you.
Use this Book
I’ve witnessed too many new managers thrown to wolves with little or no training—not given the tools they need to succeed. So, here’s your chance. I haven’t done all the work for you, but this will get you started. My book, The New Manager’s Workbook a crash course in effective management covers 13 leadership tasks sharing what, how, and why with checklists and forms. So, if you’re committed to training your organization’s future leaders, reach out to me—we’ll share our passion for leadership development.
How Can I Help You?
I like to help people and organizations, but I have three criteria I consider before taking an assignment – I believe in what the organization stands for, I know I can help, and it looks like fun. If you have any questions, Contact Me.
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