Without a strong manager, a team will never thrive. Management is crucial, not just for direction but for inspiration, communication, attitude and many other factors that feed directly into a business’ success. Yet, as there are no set rules on management and every management style is different, what really makes a good manager? The answer is out there, but it’s an answer every manager finds for themselves.
Effective management training can help managers to reflect on their managing behaviour, hone in on their skills and recognise areas for improvement. The training can provide the ultimate toolkit for building a business from the strength of the manager outwards. It can make real, recordable changes within the work environment, between the team and most importantly, in the finances.
Read on to find out 10 different ways management training can benefit your business:
1. Improving Morale
In any business, the staff are the cogs in the machine, or, in other words, they are vital. Yes, they might lie outside of the decision-making and financial drive but they put in the major chunk of the work. Management training can help business leaders and senior staff learn how to inspire a more positive attitude amongst staff, translating into improvements exactly where they’re needed.
A happier team leads to a more efficient work turnaround and a higher quality of results. No member of staff should be underestimated and a good manager understands and embraces this to grow confidence, empower development and motivate progression in their team.
2. Managing Change
Change is a natural part of development for any business and managing this change should be integral to any manager’s skill set. Managers play a huge role in both implementing and managing change and management training is a reliable way to prepare for this responsibility. Leaders can learn how to adapt to unforeseen circumstances, how to drive forward with pioneering ideas and how to harness change for the best business results.
‘Communication’ is a term thrown around a lot in the business world. But what a manager thinks is effective communication and what actually is effective communication are often two very different things. And, as with managing skills in general, there is no one rule for this skill. Every manager will have their own style of communicating but management training can help them to find it, improve it and embrace it.
And besides this, management training can help managers to learn how to tap into their communication skills for more control, clarity and confidence during presentations, group meetings and feedback sessions. There is not one type of communication, there are many but when managers are completely comfortable with their communication style, they can adapt and apply it effectively to any situation.
4. Encouraging Contribution
In the modern age, leadership is no longer just about being in charge, making all the decisions and delegating tasks. It’s about contributing to the wider team. As this might not come naturally to more traditional managers, management training can help managers to learn how they can comfortably work as part of a team while still taking a leading role.
If a manager shows they are willing to listen, share and provide feedback within an equal group environment then in turn, the other members of the group will be more productive. Modelling this example helps group members to more fully engage in the project at hand, feel more comfortable making a contribution and feel valued.
5. Learning to Delegate, not Dictate
Management training teaches business leaders and managers how to work with each of their individual team more productively. It focuses on replacing the assumed idea that management is about control with the more realistic idea that management is about guidance.
Modern managers take the time to understand the skills and abilities of their team so they are able to delegate tasks effectively. This way, projects are completed more quickly and to their highest standard for the most lucrative results.
And the attitude with which work is delegated makes all the difference to both the reception of the work and the quality to which it is completed. Management training focuses on teaching managers how to delegate work with a positive and motivational attitude. When individuals feel trusted to take on the responsibility of a task and encouraged to complete it, they are much more likely to work to the best of their potential.
As is continually stressed in this article, modern management is no longer about being the primary decision-maker and taking charge. A work environment is much healthier when staff are reached out to and business developments are shared.
Management training teaches managers how to relate every assigned task to the wider aim and the wider benefit of the business. If staff can understand how they are making a difference then they will feel much more motivated and valued.
The manager plays a key role in ensuring that major business objectives are shared to inspire better motivation in the workplace.
Management training teaches managers what it really means to be flexible. How unforeseen circumstances or hiccups are dealt with at an employee level can have a great impact on morale and trust within the workforce. If managers display the correct amount of flexibility then they will be shown an appropriate amount of flexibility in return.
Flexibility is also important on a business level. Management training provides managers with the essential attitude and skills required to adapt and move forward with change. The business environment is always changing but change should never be an issue.
Although management isn’t just about control, managers do need the skills to be able to assert control when required. Management training helps managers to consider how they react in situations where a more assertive attitude is required and whether their behaviour is on point or could be improved.
Good managers are able to make an educated judgement call and take the responsibility without any display of anxiety. Crippling under the stress is not healthy for the manager or the morale of the wider team. A manager should never allow a team to feel vulnerable but instead display a consistently positive outlook in the face of pressure.
Management training focuses on the fact that a team is only as stable as their leader.
9. Leading By Example
Management training teaches the importance of leading by example. The attitude and productivity of the team depends much more on the manager than one may at first think. This is why it’s essential that leaders display they are embracing change, challenges and innovation. An excellent manager shows passion and harnesses the potential of the future, carrying their team with them in the same vein.
A dead-end attitude will only be shared by the team to create a stagnant, stifling environment. Management training teaches leaders how to avoid this and how to model the ideal ethic for the benefit of the team and the business.
Although the staff are usually regarded as the most creative elements to the business, the creative responsibilities of a manager shouldn’t go underestimated. Managers often play a key role in making critical creative decisions and of course, are at the very forefront of driving for creative, innovative change.
Management training teaches leaders how to leverage their inner creativity and guide this towards benefiting their business. The creativity of the manager is always shared and embraced by the wider team meaning it is absolutely essential that manager’s are up to the mark with this skill.
This guest article was written by Hannah Richards on behalf of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s 20 Twenty Leadership Programme: http://www.leadershipmanagementtraining.org.uk/.