Leadership Skills Training – The One Thing You Must Get Right From Day One

It seems like every year we’re forced to do more and more with less and less resources. Budgets, for instance, seem to get the first squeeze, and one of the obvious places to cut is your training investments.

How? Ask the gatekeeper questions that he or she can’t answer. If the questions you ask are important to understanding the need, you’ll hopefully get the gatekeeper’s OK to find out the answers.

If you have attended Management Training classes then you would have had a session on leadership. A good leader knows the importance of “Action speaks louder than words”. If you want your team members to work to reach their goal, then you have to show them the way. Not by telling them how to do it but by showing how to do it. Tell them which part of their behavior or performance should be changed to show better results. Tell them how to do it.

Perhaps the shortest and easiest to read high quality management book ever written is The One-Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. While this little management book was first published in 1981, it is still available from your local bookstore.

6) If there is a need to learn something new, it’s usually only a few quick minutes of Googling and they should have the answer. If they can’t do this, they should not be in your employ.

Prioritize your plan: it’s not advisable to haste from task to task throughout the day. This will make you stressed by the end of day without accomplishing much. Review your tasks each day and make priority list. Go working on the list one by one according to the priority. Ensure that once you have completely finished an assignment only then you start the next one on the list. This will give you a good feeling of accomplishment by the end of the day.

Your employees are not people. They are simply a means to an end: more profits. The less time you have to spend dealing with them, hand-holding them, and training them, the better. All tools in your toolbox magically stay sharp and ready-to-use. This is, after all, a perfect world.

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