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Six Reasons Why Leadership Training is Important

Six Reasons Why Leadership Training is Important

Six Reasons Why Leadership Training is Important

Here are six reasons why leadership training is important to your organisation:

  1. Improving the performance of a small number of leaders will enormously improve the performance of the organisation as a whole.
  2. The elimination of any obvious failures in leadership, will allow the organisation to avoid the costs of such failures.
  3. Leadership training avoids the painful necessity of learning by trial and error.
  4. Leadership training allows the learner to increase their rate of gaining knowledge.
  5. Leadership training is better than relying on luck, or the myth of the natural-born-leader.
  6. Maximum performance is achieved only when the best talent and the best training, are successfully combined.

1. Improving the performance of a small number of leaders will enormously improve the performance of the organisation as a whole.

The leaders in your organisation occupy pivotal roles;

  • If the leaders perform well, then the whole team is positively affected.
  • If the leaders perform badly, then the whole team is negatively affected.

Therefore, if you intend to invest money anywhere in your organisation, then training the pivotal people makes the most economic sense.

2. The elimination of any failures in leadership will permit the organisation to avoid the costs associated with such failures.

As noted above, the mistakes, errors and omissions committed by leaders, have a magnified effect throughout the whole organisation.

If the cook burns the sausages, then not much harm is done, but if the captain runs the ship aground, then the whole Enterprise is at risk.

The best way to deal with a problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

So, the prevention of failure is a most important reason for training your leaders.

3. Leadership training avoids the painful necessity of learning by trial and error.

There are two ways of learning:

  • By trial and error (the school of hard knocks), or
  • By learning what works, in a safe environment.

Both systems work; but learning in a safe environment is the superior method.

Learning by "trial and error" is too painful, since one of your errors may kill your chances, before you can be successful.

4. Leadership Training allows the learner to increase their rate of gaining knowledge.

By eliminating the errors, and going straight to proven knowledge, research suggests you can increase your rate of learning by up to nine times.

On an effective training course, what could otherwise have taken months, learning by painful experience, you can learn in minutes.

5. Leadership training is better than relying on luck or the myth of the natural-born-leader.

Even a broken watch is right, twice a day. And some leaders rely on that fact to justify their broken methods. ("See? I was right again!").

And some people have the mistaken impression they don't need training because they think that, "leaders are born, not made".

Not true.

Peak performance in any field of human endeavour depends upon expert knowledge.

You cannot rely on your "gut feelings" to build an effective team, any more than you can rely on your "gut feelings" to build an effective bridge.

Knowledge is power.

6. Maximum Performance is achieved only when the best talent and the best training are successfully combined.

Maximum performance in any field of endeavour is the result of a combination of factors.

You need the best talent, combined with the best systems and the best knowledge.

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