A Magic Bullet for Effective Leadership?
By Candace Fisher, SPHR, Director, Organizational Development/Certified Coach
Published August 7, 2018
If your supervisors and managers are not as effective as they could be – or should be, or as your organization needs them to be – maybe it’s not the supervisors’ and managers’ doing. Maybe they weren’t properly prepared for their leadership roles. In an article from Forbes by Liz Ryan, she states that, “Traditional leadership training teaches people how to manage – but not how to lead, how to build trust or how to be human with employees.” Sadly, many leaders aren’t even provided the fundamental “traditional leadership training” prior to assuming a leadership role.
Unfortunately, there is no “magic bullet” – no single supervisory or leadership course - to provide managers with all the skills they need, along with the practice required to utilize those skills appropriately. Learning is something that takes place over time. You wouldn’t expect someone to learn to play the saxophone or how to speak a foreign language in three hours, would you? Then how can supervisors become proficient in leadership skills and competencies in a few hours or a day?
As human beings, we continue to grow and learn throughout our lives. In any profession, we acquire some learning and skills early on, but we all need to continue to develop our skills to remain proficient with current trends and best practices. This is the same for leadership roles and the associated skills and competencies. As President John F. Kennedy noted, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
HR Source offers many opportunities for HR professionals, managers and supervisors to develop and hone their skills and remain current in their professions. In fact, every one of the ten skills cited in the aforementioned Forbes article are addressed in the following leadership sessions.
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