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How Employee Development and Leadership Training Programs Benefit Your Business

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A company can have the best product or service in the world, but if it doesn’t have great employees and management, that company will never fully realise its potential in the marketplace. A great leader inspires employees to do their best by making employees feel that they are working with management and not for them.

No matter how effective and talented management is, they can’t be expected to shoulder the entire burden of leadership on their own. Leadership from management is essential, but it can be even more effective when leadership is developed among employees.

Employees may not like the extra time they have to spend, but they like it when they feel like they are obtaining new skills that make them more valuable in the workplace. Sometimes, management can conduct training themselves, but it is often wise to bring in professional consultants to conduct management and leadership development programs.

One of the biggest benefits to training employees is that it can uncover “diamonds in the rough” from among your workforce. More often than not, the best leaders are already working for you, but they haven’t received an opportunity to develop or display their skills. Today’s employees are often tomorrow’s management.

Consistent leadership training can develop an attitude of lifelong learning among your employees. We are all creatures of habit, and it can only benefit your workplace when you develop positive habits in your workforce. Whatever business you are in, technology and techniques are fluid, and there is always something your employees can learn to benefit your company.

Many workplaces conduct workshops to address problems among employees. If everyone is allowed to voice their concerns, in a spirit of mutual respect, workplace confrontations can decrease dramatically. Workshops can develop camaraderie between workers, and produce an environment where everyone works together to solve problems.

When communication lines are fully opened between management and employees, both gain more insight into the others’ positions. The company can effectively express its expectations and goals, and can let employees know how fulfilment of those goals benefits everyone concerned. Meanwhile, employees can tell management what they need to fulfil them.

The end result is increased productivity. When employees and management receive effective, relevant training, and work together in a spirit of mutual respect, in alignment with the company’s mission, everybody benefits. The company wins, management wins, and the employees win.

Ron Cacioppe

Ron Cacioppe is the Managing Director of Integral Development and holds a BSc, an MBA and a PhD. He has taught in the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

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