10 Leadership Training Paths Every Team Needs

Written by Scaleocity

On May 6, 2022

If you’ve been reading our blog, you already know the importance of having a mature training and development program. Your employees perform better within their current roles, develop for future roles, and gain confidence – among other perks. However, you may still be wondering how to get there, and what programs to offer. Truly, the options are endless. You can (and should) consider offering training options specific to skills you see as gaps within your workforce, new skills emerging in your industry, or even skills you see your competition excelling at.

 

In addition to those industry or skill-specific training courses, most organizations can (and again, should) choose to offer leadership training opportunities to help prepare their team for leadership opportunities, and strengthen the skills of current leaders. There is a wide range of leadership training curriculum available, so it can be difficult to know where to start. Below, we’ll describe ten leadership training paths that you should consider your minimum starting point for your team.

 

Training Path Sample Learning Objectives Team Benefits
Conflict Management

●   Recognize the importance of interpersonal relationships in the workplace, and understand the impact of conflict within a team

●   Identify the signs of conflict within a team or interpersonal relationship and demonstrate the use of appropriate communication skills to respond

●   Effectively demonstrate conflict intervention strategies that can be applied within the workplace

A team that is able to recognize and respond to conflict will be able to quickly resolve disputes in a professional manner, inside and outside of their team.
Navigating Change

●   Understand the principles related to implementing change initiatives in an organization

●   Identify change management practices and communication styles that can assist in the sustainment of new changes in the workplace

●   Demonstrate appropriate communication tools that can support change initiatives in small and large scales

In today’s fast-paced world, a team that understands the complicated nature of change, and how to better facilitate it, will only serve an organization’s growth.
Critical Problem Solving

●   Understand theory and practice related to data analysis and data gathering that can assist with problem solving in common workplace problems

●   Identify different data sources within your workplace that are likely to be useful tools in solving problems

●   Discuss metrics and frameworks necessary for measuring success

While your team may be lucky enough to have a data analytics team, everyone has the need to solve problems. When your team has the resources and know-how to tackle complex issues independently, they become a greater asset to the organization.
Virtual Leadership

●   Discuss best practices and guiding frameworks to facilitate a highly functioning hybrid team

●   Identify tools and resources that can support your connection, communication and work coordination efforts

●   Demonstrate effective methods for communication and follow-up without a face-to-face connection

The hybrid workplace may still be forming, but it appears to be the way of the future; effective leaders must learn to adapt their leadership style to fit multiple platforms and connect with their teams wherever they are.
Building Trust and Mutual Respect

●   Discuss the framework and principles for building trust within a team

●   Identify best practices that can assist you with building a culture of trust and respect within your team

As resignations continue to soar, a highly trusted and well-regarded leader is much more likely to retain their employees.
The Art of Prioritization

●   Review best practices for managing time and eliminating inefficiencies in your day-to-day tasks

●   Identify your own inefficiencies in your regular routine; determine a plan for becoming more efficient

●   Demonstrate effective methods for prioritization after eliminating inefficiencies

Many leaders have been tasked with extra responsibilities but no extra time – teaching your team the skill of prioritizing to ensure the most critical tasks are the ones that are accomplished first will help to ensure things stay afloat.
How to Coach your Team

●   Understand the background and framework of effective coaching

●   Identify your team’s strengths and opportunities and their corresponding coaching need

●   Determine best practices to assist you in effective coaching of your team

Teams need a leader, not just a task manager. Ensuring your leaders have coaching skills will help to ensure they’re truly supporting their teams.
Running Effective Meetings

●   Discuss types of meetings, and corresponding agendas and frameworks to effectively accomplish meeting goals

●   Identify key players within meetings and tools to effectively assist with meeting flow

●   Discuss meetings within your organization, and the best approach for implementing effective meetings

With most leaders spending their days in back-to-back meetings, it is critical to ensure that the meetings in your organization are serving a purpose and accomplishing their goals.
Sharpening Your Communication Skills

●   Understand the underlying principles of effective communication, and different communication styles and formats

●   Determine your preferences for communication, and those of your team

●   Assess the gap between your communication style and those you regularly communicate with; develop an action plan for change

The best leader may not be taken seriously if they can’t effectively communicate. Offering training on effective communication will help teams to communicate internally, and help leaders to grow by sharpening this skill.
The Need to Innovate

●   Understand the need and value of innovation within an organization

●   Brainstorm opportunities for innovation within your organization

●   Develop an action plan to create more opportunities for innovation within the organization

The best ideas come from within; the best leaders allow the ideas to come. Ensuring innovation is included as a training course sends a message to your team that new ideas are not only welcome but necessary to continue the organization’s growth.

 

These ten training paths should be considered the minimum starting point for your organization’s training program – once you have these courses up and running, continue your expansion! Ask your team for new ideas; you may find that once they begin engaging in development work, they realize there is much more they have an interest in.

Not sure where to start? Online resources can certainly get you started – you may consider looking into courses available for purchase, or even curriculum that you can utilize to form your own courses. Regardless, the investment you make here is certain to pay off in a more deeply engaged and better performing team.

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