Business leadership training is important for your team. Should you send all of your leaders outside to a public leadership session or should you bring your training in-house? There are advantages to each choice, so the situation you are in might determine the best path.
There are lots of public trainings that you can choose from as you look to upgrade your leadership skills in your company. In fact, one of the advantages is the sheer number of leadership programs to choose from. Of course, you may have to travel to attend the session. Sometimes they are local sessions that you can drive to but other times you might have to fly to the training location in order to catch the training that you want because it just happens to be where the training is located. The risk of course is you might have to go to Minneapolis in the winter or Phoenix in the summer.
Public sessions are great options to consider when you are testing out different training methods or consulting companies to see whose philosophy is a good fit for what you want to achieve back in your company. It is also a good option when you have a couple new leaders that you want to get trained verses a major training initiative for all of the leaders in your company. Naturally, to send your entire leadership team off site where there are airplanes and hotels involved can be quite expensive. Sending one or two people who are new to leadership roles or perhaps just joined your company would be a good way to get their skills ramped up quickly.
When you choose to bring a trainer or consultant into your company to hold workshops and training sessions, you can train many of your leaders at the same time. What’s nice about having the sessions on site is that the consultant or trainer can get to know your business. In fact, they may be working with you in other areas already and are well positioned to support leadership development because they have observed your challenges.
They can tailor their program to align with your company’s core values and further align with your strategy, purpose, vision and mission to make sure that the messages that they are delivering during the training are reinforcing what’s important in your business. This is a nice advantage over public training sessions because at public training sessions, the trainer is delivering material to people from many companies at the same time and, therefore, not tailoring the content to your specific environment or needs.
It ‘s important that as leaders, we don’t fall into the trap of thinking that attending training is progress by itself or that learning knowledge and skills is not progress by itself. Remember that training sessions are meant to provide new knowledge and skills so that you can take actions and incorporate the knowledge and skills into new behaviors that lead to improved results.
Here are some ways that you can maximize the effectiveness of your leadership training:
Remember, it is all about how well you implement the principles not just about how well you learn them. It’s not about how smart your team is but how well your smart team gets results. Leadership training should help make your teams more effective and ultimately help the team get better results.
Peter D. Winiarski is the founder and CEO of Win Enterprises, LLC. He is a speaker and the author of the #1 international best-selling book, Act Now! A Daily Action Log for Achieving Your Goals in 90 Days. His company, Win Enterprises, LLC, helps business leaders transform their results with a team of resources who are experts in business transformation, process improvement using "lean" principles, organizational culture, leadership, and goal achievement. The team applies the Win Holistic Transformation Model™, Win’s proprietary framework that helps business leaders ensure maximum, long-term results. Win clients experience fast results, lasting change, and huge ROI working with Pete’s team. Learn more at www.CompleteBusinessTransformation.com Contact Pete: Info@WinEnterprisesLLC.com