Management training can produce better leaders. Better leaders help to create better employees. Better leaders and better employees make for a better business organization overall. In many cases, creating better leaders requires ongoing training and development. With the dizzying amount of management training programs available, it can be difficult to choose the right one, however.
Use this four-step process to evaluate management training programs to help ensure you choose the right one.
Skills Level of Managers
The best place to start is with the skills level of the managers attending the training. Add to this the skills the managers need to acquire by the time training ends. Match the current skills set and the goals for training with the training options available.
For example, a manager can be great at their job, but lack leadership qualities. In this case, you can seek training options that focus solely on helping managers to acquire and build their leadership skills. Sending an award-winning leader, on the other hand, to the leadership course doesn’t make sense since they obviously already possess these skills.
Location of Management Training Programs
Some courses require attendees to travel to a far off destination to attend. Other trainers can come to your organization to conduct the training instead. Better yet, virtual training is another option for bringing training to your organization on demand.
If one or two of your managers is going to attend management training, then it can be cost effective to register them for off-site training. When you have numerous managers or all of the managers of a company attending training, bringing a trainer in-house, or investing in virtual training is generally a more cost effective way to go.
Timeframe for Management Training
Training courses can last for a few hours or weeks at a time. How long a manager is away from work is another factor to weigh when choosing a management training program. Time-frames tend to directly relate to the skill-set of the manager and the location of the training.
For example, a manager just starting out as a business leader can generally benefit from a short-term training session. An executive level manager, on the other hand, can require a more advanced training course series. In this case, it can require longer management training, such as a week-long seminar.
Format of Management Training
Generally, training formats fall into one of two primary categories: lecture or interactive. Ideally, you want to choose a training format that is some combination of the two. Seek out training courses that offer a sharing of knowledge upfront from an expert or professional trainer. After the lecture portion, managers have the ability to apply what they have learned while participating in interactive sessions and hands-on activities.
Management training programs come in many different shapes and sizes. Use these four areas of concern as a guideline for evaluating the various management training programs available. This is one of the best ways to narrow down the various choices available. From the finalists, you can then choose the best option for you or the managers you need to send to training. If you need to conduct your own management training, consider using online training systems to help streamline the process and also prepare for the increase in training, documentation and information.
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