Situational Leadership Training – Can it Help?
Situational leadership training is much different than other types of training since it focuses on matching up your particular style of leadership to the types of employees and tasks you commonly face. The good part about this type of training is that it can be conducted in any size group, whether small or large. In fact it can even be on an individual basis. Many people have a tough time with delegating duties and this style training helps you do that very well. Confidence is another huge piece that separates average leaders from a very good or even great leader. Finding ways to build a person’s confidence should be a major objective of any type of leadership training, and it certainly is in this one!
Let’s talk first about how situational leadership training can help an individual understand the basic principles of delegating tasks to subordinates without relinquishing their authority. Of course we all know, or at least we should know, that you can delegate tasks or entire projects but you can never delegate your responsibility. That does not mean that you can’t hold an individual responsible for the outcome of a task or project you delegated to them. What is does mean is that you will still be responsible to your boss or a customer that has hired you to do something for them.
Before we can delegate a task or project to someone you better know if they have the ability to accomplish it.
What situational leadership training does do is to help you understand the talents and personalities of the employees that report to you. It may also help you understand others that do not work directly for you so that you can relate better and accomplish your goals and objectives.
So how can we understand those around us better in all types of situations to better lead our businesses to grow and be more profitable? One way to do that is to become better at getting to know them through group and individualized training programs. Before we can delegate a task or project to someone you better know if they have the ability to accomplish it. The last thing you want to happen is to delegate a task to someone and they fall flat on their face. Situational leadership training will provide you with techniques and skills to learn exactly how to measure their skills and abilities.
I have personally found that I learn better by first completely a training program on my own at my own pace. Then, and only then, participating in a group setting! Situational leadership training fits this mold perfectly!
Those boundaries may include the use of which employees, a budget, overtime, time frame to accomplish it…
Following our example of learning how to delegate once we understand the talents and skills of an individual we are going to delegate something to, we can then learn the process of presenting them with the task. Remember we are going to turn over authority to them to accomplish something without releasing our responsibility for the outcome. For instance in a situational leadership training class we may learn how to lay out the task to them so that we will have checks and balances along the way. If I am going to hand over a project to someone I will give them what outcome I am expecting, along with the boundaries that they must stay within. Those boundaries may include the use of which employees, a budget, overtime, time frame to accomplish it, and check points along the way that we can review the progress. The more experienced the individual that I am delegating something to the fewer times I will have to review their progress.
Attending a situational leadership training seminar can get real expensive very quickly. A lot will depend on whether it is in the same town or not. The cost of the seminar may run in the hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. If you have to add hotel and travel expenses onto that the training better be damn good! The return on investment is often not seen as quickly as we would like. A computer class that is completed on an individual basis is often the better solution to see if it is going to work first.
As an example can a brand new supervisor or manager get up in front of their staff and present an image of confidence?
As I mentioned in the very first paragraph of this article confidence is one of the key elements of any good or great leader. As an example can a brand new supervisor or manager get up in front of their staff and present an image of confidence? Probably not! They must spend time and begin to know their staff and for their staff to know them. However, now that I have been in a leadership role for more than thirty-five years I have no problem getting up in front of a brand new group of employees and presenting myself with a tremendous amount of confidence. A confidence that shows that I know what I am speaking about. A confidence that tells them that they should listen and follow what I have to say. Not from fear of reprisal but because I have shown them confidence in what I am talking about. There is no question mark in my statements to them. Attending situational leadership training or any type of leadership training will help with that confidence, whether it is at a seminar or over the internet. Start somewhere!
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