There are of course as many management training courses and modules available to modern businesses as there are days in the year. Whatever your particular management problem, or whatever kind of new environment your company finds itself in, there will be at least one management course that is designed to help your leaders get the best out of their teams: and if there isn’t one existing already then there will certainly be a company out there capable of making a bespoke course to help you out.
There are, though, some very basic tenets that all management training is, or should be, based on. Without a proper understanding of these “grass roots” parts of management, it’s unlikely that any company will be able to get their leaders, their managers and their executive employees to steer the ship into the right channels.
The first and most important basic is, understanding. Managers have to understand why their organisation needs a manager or managers – otherwise they will never make good management staff. The best management training will address this, in one form or another, no matter how it is clothed.
Once a manager has come to understand why his or her organisation needs to be managed, he or she then needs to understand why it is that different people cannot be managed with a blanket approach to the whole thing. The management candidate, or existing manager who is being trained up to better fill his or her role, is ineffective unless he or she understands his or her people as well as he or she understands his or her company.
Management training will at some stage and in some way illustrate to the candidates how they can identify different styles of management, and how they will be able to understand how people may react in different situations, and how these reactions require a tailored management approach to get the best out of them.
One of the most important things of all, in management, is understanding what motivates the people who work for you. The basic truth is this: if you can’t work out what motivates the people who are working under you, then you will never be able to motivate them. Good management training is intended to show candidates, by example as well as explanation, how to uncover the triggers that make their people do what they need them to do – and to press those triggers at the right moment.
The final key, in a list of basic management skills, lies in understanding yourself. If you don’t know how you work best you will never be able to get the best out of others. Your job, as a manger, is to influence the behaviour of your employees, so that they can deliver their best for the company you all work for. And you can’t do that properly and well unless the style of influencing you use is a style that you are comfortable with.
So management training, in its most basic form, is all about understanding – about understanding yourself and about understanding other people. Pull off that trick properly and you will be ahead of the game.