Importance of Training, Professional Development, and Growth

The importance of training and growth for Professional Development

Earlier this week we shared a post on HR concerns that revealed employees often value professional development over pay. This was a concern as some employees may not be getting the training opportunities they desire for various reasons which include: too expensive, planning/scheduling, conflicts, etc. In the post, it was stated that 39 per cent of Canadian employees would take a pay cut at another organization if it offered them better professional development opportunities than their current employer.

Why is this so important to employees? It is primarily because it appeals to intrinsic needs for growth, improvement, and mastery. Of course, every employee wants to do a good job, develop new skills, have opportunities for advancement and contribute. Also, growth and development help to increase employees’ engagement levels.

Professional Development for Managers

However, the article got us thinking, is this just a desire and need of employees? Or would managers and leaders have a desire and need for growth and professional development opportunities as well? There is no doubt every professional desires and needs growth and development opportunities. So, if we were to ask what skills and abilities could benefit leaders and managers, what would they ask for or what would employees indicate they need, and how would the organization work on where improvements are required?

Beyond technical skills, what might be most helpful is the opportunity to learn effective leadership skills, techniques and competencies that enable them to encourage and cultivate higher performance levels, increased loyalty to the company, elevated accountability of organization objectives, strengthened commitment and participation to key projects and deadlines, and more.

Leadership development takes time and requires many skills and abilities. Like employees, leaders and managers also need to continually grow to develop new skills, abilities, and different perspectives on how they can maximize employees’ performance and loyalty!

Critical Leadership Skills

Below are some critical leadership skills that every leader or manager should have in order to get the most out of their employees and best achieve business goals:

  1. Inspires and motivates others
  2. Displays high integrity and honesty
  3. Solves problems and analyzes issues
  4. Challenges the status quo and seeks better ways
  5. Communicates powerfully and prolifically
  6. Builds relationships and strong people skills
  7. Displays technical or professional expertise
  8. Displays a strategic perspective
  9. Develops others
  10. Innovates

Champions change: Great leaders see the changes coming on the horizon, and they constantly push their organizations to be in the right place when those changes happen.

The above skills will help leaders to champion change. Great leaders see the changes coming on the horizon, and they constantly push their organizations to be in the right place when those changes happen.

If you are a business owner, think about these skills and take some time to examine and consider where your leaders and managers need to grow. There are at least 5 items on this list that will have a significant influence on employee engagement, as well as their performance and loyalty to the company. That’s 50% of required skills for successful leadership!!

So, where would your leaders and managers need to grow and improve?