Think it might be time to boost your leadership skills? If so, you are not alone.
Half of managers want to attend a face-to-face leadership development program in the near future, according to a survey conducted by CCL earlier this year.
Time away from the office isn’t easy to schedule, we know. But face-to-face leadership development has the most impact, especially if it includes options for supporting and extending the work after the 3- or 5-day course is over. And getting out of the routine creates space for learning that is hard to come by with the interruptions and overload of day-to-day work.
So, here are 5 things you can say to sell yourself — and convince your boss — about a leadership development program that will be relevant now and give you a platform to lead better in the future:
What Are the Best Times for Leadership Development Training?
1. I’m doing a good job in my current role, so it’s the perfect time to prepare for what’s next. People can always benefit from intensive leadership development work, but there are 5 times a leadership program can have the most impact on a person’s leadership skill.
One of them is if you are an on-track high performer and eyeing the next step.
If you are considered a high potential or are in line for a new role or different assignment, now is the time to prepare. You’ll want to think about the next-level challenges and figure out what you need to learn and experience to be ready.
2. I’m ready to tackle big changes with new thinking. Change requires leaders who are able to learn and adapt. Effective leaders recognize when new behaviors, skills, or attitudes are needed and accept responsibility for developing them.
In fact, learning agility is considered one of the fundamental 4 leader competencies at every level. A leadership program can help you understand the shifting demands placed on you and your team. It will help you identify how to be more effective in driving change — and to start to build new, needed competencies.
3. I will make the most of my time out of the office. The #1 way people learn to lead is on the job. But to fully benefit from your day-to-day experiences, you need a plan and, at times, new ideas, new tools, and new people.
The right off-site leadership program will give you valuable content, but you won’t sit in rows, passively listening to an expert talk. It will provide interaction and conversation.
Plus, for information to stick, you’ll want to see how it applies to you and have a chance to “try on” new behaviors that will help you be effective back at work. A face-to-face, off-site leadership program gives needed and dedicated time to address your goals and challenges — not a “check-the-box” training.
4. Leadership development is an investment in my future — and a way to keep me engaged in my work today. Leadership development is a way to learn what is needed to manage yourself (thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and actions) and working with others (interpersonal skills, the ability to build and maintain relationships, the ability to build effective work groups, and communication skills, to name a few). Leaders also need to gain the skills and perspectives to operate within the larger system.
When you continually develop in these areas, you become more effective. And support from a manager to develop as a leader can fuel engagement, energy, and a willingness to stay. Research shows all employees, at every level, want to gain new skills, add credentials, and boost their capabilities. (Development is notably and expressly important to millennials, but people of all generations tend to agree.)
5. Leadership development is shown to have both personal and organizational impact. CCL has studied the impact of our programs on both individuals and organizations. An evaluation of our Leadership Development Program (LDP) found that:
- 99% of all leaders in the program reported positive personal impact after the program — and 98% of their managers and coworkers agreed;
- 88% of leaders reported they were more invested in the success of their organization;
- 94% believed they were more effectively contributing to the organization’s success; and
- 86% said lessons learned in the program are relevant to their current challenges.
Relevancy and application are among the reasons CCL’s portfolio of programs is consistently ranked among the top 5 leadership development providers by the Financial Times.
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