By Chelsea McClain

It’s not just for leaders

Leadership training should be something on everyone’s radar. Your resume should reflect that you have taken advantage of the leadership training opportunities that the companies you have worked for have provided, and that you have pursued leadership training yourself, outside of your company. Why? Because you learn lots of great business skills in leadership training that will only benefit your career, your current position, and your company.

Why is leadership training important?

Leadership training helps you to understand your company’s culture, core values, mission, core purpose, and goals. The more you and your team members understand about the company, the better you will be able to do your job, work with others, and recognize areas where you can suggest improvements.

Leadership training is important for employees because you learn to develop your soft skills such as:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Team player attitude
  • Growth mindset
  • Openness to feedback
  • Adaptability
  • Active listening
  • Empathy
  • Accountability

You can learn hard skills as well such as:

  • Communication (written and verbal)
  • Business analytics and decision making
  • Project management
  • Time and resource management
  • Budgeting
  • Negotiating
  • Logistics
  • Business development skills
  • Strategy development
  • Team management

You also learn how to lead a team. Even if you do not supervise anyone now, you will want to have these skills in your wheelhouse for your career growth.

If your company likes to promote from within, like PMG does, when a management opportunity opens up, you will be in a better position to be offered the job if you have leadership training under your belt than if you don’t.

Leadership training has also been shown to have a positive effect on an employee’s productivity and job satisfaction.

Where do I look for leadership training outside of my company?

The best place to start is by asking your supervisor for suggestions. There are so many leadership teachers and styles available, and your boss may have some favorites that will mesh the best with your company culture. You can also ask a mentor and trusted colleagues.

Don’t let any leadership training opportunities pass you by! Include one or more resources in your yearly goals this year, and every year.

“Strive not to be a success, but to be of value.” ~ Albert Einstein

Interested in taking a look at the positions available at PMG?