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Posted 23 January 2013 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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Where can I find a good team leadership and management training course?

Are you on line today, trying to find a good team leadership and management training course?

Good team leadership training courses are hard to find.
There are so many choose from.
But how can you tell which are the good team leadership training courses, and which are not?

The trick is to look at the course content, NOT the course objectives.

All courses have similar objectives: that objective is "to improve your performance".

And many courses use similar content. I.e. they use the same models as everyone else. The standard models such as Maslow and Hertzburge.
But not all courses.

Why do the best courses NOT use the standard, common models?

The best leadership training should be able to be related directly to the needs of the work place.

It should be immediately applicable, and not be so abstract as to be of no practical use.

Warning: There is too much training material that is too abstract and is not of much practical use in the work place.

Bad leadership training tends to be full of "mumbo jumbo" that is often taken from standard psychology text books, which may be of some theoretical interest, but does NOT practically relate to your work context. It does NOT tell you what to do, or what to say, or what not to do, or what not to say.

Bad leadership training is full of what I call psycho-babble.

Leadership Training - The Effective Leader Manager

Leadership Training - The Effective Leader Manager

As the team leader or manager, you know that, on the technical level, you are very good. In your role as an effective and inspirational leader-manager, you recognise that there may be some gaps. Now you are searching for a method to help you to improve your skills as a team-leader and manager - click here to find out more!

An example of leadership training psycho-babble

There is a Change management model called "Kubler-Ross".
Kubler Ross is a change management model that is often presented on training courses. It is taken from psychology. The Kubler Ross model was designed originally to describe the process of change that people must go through, but it applies to change caused by a bereavement.

Kubler Ross is often quoted by trainers to teach change management. But as the Kubler Ross model was developed to describe the process of bereavement, it is in my opinion, useless, as leadership training tool.

Understanding how to deal with bereavement may be mildly interesting, in its own terms, but is NOT applicable to the daily needs of a leader manager.

In addition, we have other psycho-babble contenders:

  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs (which is interesting, but of no practical value).
  • Belbins team roles (Yawn).
  • And the list goes on.....learning styles, transactional analysis and the litany of other psychological models that have been misappropriated by leadership and management trainers and applied (out of context) to leadership training.

These psychological models are indeed, interesting, if you are a student of psychology. But they are not much use to you as a business leader.

On the other hand............

Good leadership training is full of practical advice and detailed instructions. Good leadership training does provide a firm theoretical background; but the foreground of the training is the practical techniques, skills and knowledge that you will find to be more immediately applicable when you arrive back in the work place.

These techniques, skills and knowledge form the bedrock of a good leadership training course.
They are derived, not from psychology textbooks, but rather, from the logical definition of a good leader.

What is the definition of a good leader?

A good leader is defined as: "a member of a team or organisation that is primarily responsible for the creation and communication of a clear goal, together with the ability to formulate practical plans that are likely to achieve the goal, together with the people skills that will result in the team acting as coordinated union of people who will work willingly towards the achievement of the goal".

From the definition we can derive the list of attributes required for leadership.

What are the six areas of leadership practice that all leaders should master?

Here is the list of six:

1. The ability to set goals and achieve them, on time.
2. The ability to communicate clearly and accurately.
3. The ability to organise practical plans of action and organise your tasks into the right sequence.
4. The ability to handle difficult personalities that are present at work.
5. The ability to self-motivate and self-inspire.
6. The ability to motivate and inspire other people around you.
Good leadership training covers the six main areas of practice that all leaders must master, if they wish to be effective in their role.

1. Setting and achieving goals must be on a leadership course because a leader must be clear on where he she is leading the team. If the leader does not have a clear goal in mind then how can he qualify as "a leader"?

2. Communication skills must be included on a leadership training course because the leader must be able to communicate the goals and the reasons for them and the plan that will achieve them.

3. The ability to plan ahead must be included on a leadership course because a goal without a practical plan that is capable of achieving the goal is a complete waste of your time.

4. The ability to handle difficult people and conflict situations is important on a leadership course because conflict is inevitable within any group and it must be resolved quickly and calmly before the negative emotions caused by the conflict causes the team to fragment and splinter into warring, subset groups.

5. The ability to self-motivate and to develop self-confidence is important on a leadership course because the leader will suffer numerous setbacks, defeats and criticisms on the road to victory. The leader needs to have sufficient self-confidence and motivation; enough to sustain himself - herself for the duration of the project.

6. The ability to motivate and inspire OTHERS is also an important component of the leadership training course because the role of the leader depends on their ability to induce other people to work together to achieve the goal.

All good leaders are inspirational. Examples: Winston Churchill, Ghandi, Mandela.

If you are looking for an informative, practical and well-constructed leadership training course that does not suffer from the problem of being composed from interesting, (but useless) psychological and theoretical models (that don't help), then please read the details of the two day programme called the effective leader manager.

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