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6 Ways to Ensure Your Leadership Training Makes You a Better Leader

6 Ways to Ensure Your Leadership Training Makes You a Better Leader

by | Oct 10, 2018 | By Karin Hurt, Winning Well |

How to Ensure Your Leadership Training Sticks

You’ve invested the time and effort to go to leadership training. So how do you ensure the work you’ve done will make you a better leader? How do you get feedback from your team on what’s working (and what’s not?)

What steps can you take to ensure the leadership training actually improves your leadership?

Leadership training isn’t about what you learned, it’s about what you do with what you learned.

If you’re just back from training, here are a few tips to ensure your leadership training makes you and your team stronger.

Learn more about how we make our leadership training programs sustainable through spaced learning over time, and developing leaders as teachers. 

1. Focus on one behavior change at a time

When you learn game-changing leadership techniques, it’s tempting to try everything at once. After all, if these techniques produce results, you owe it to your team to use them. Right? Perhaps. But not all at the same time. Pick one specific behavior or approach your gut tells you will make the biggest impact and integrate it into your leadership approach. Practice it consistently. Tweak it. Make it your own. Ask for feedback. Once you feel confident and competent in that behavior, the timing might be right to add in another technique. Too much change all at once will overwhelm both you and your team.

2. Find an accountability partner

Change is hard, and it can be lonely. It’s much easier to give up when no one’s looking. Find someone you trust who understands what you’ve just learned (someone else in your training class is a great choice.) Share the behavior you’re working on and make a commitment to check in with one another once a week to see how things are going and discuss challenges and brainstorm next steps.

3. Invite your team on the journey

Tell your team what you’ve learned and what you’ve chosen to work on and why. Invite them to notice when it’s working and offer suggestions as to what you can do better. Your team already knows you’re not perfect, and they’ll be delighted to know you’re working on becoming a more effective manager. It’s even okay to show your hand. Share the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. model or the 9 What’s Method and work through the process with them. “I’ve just come back from leadership training and I’ve learned a new technique that I think could help. Want to try it?”

4. Teach what you’ve learned

One of the best ways to become a rock star at a skill is to teach it. Consider sharing some of the tools you’ve learned and teach them to others. See where they struggle. Share your stories.

5. Ask for feedback

Make it a point to ask for feedback on the impact your new approach is having on the people you’re leading. Ask open-ended questions about what you can do to improve.

5. When you screw up, apologize and try again

New habits don’t come easy. If you slip back into old behaviors, apologize and try again. Your team knows you’re not perfect. They just want to know you’re trying. Training is important, but what matters most is what you do when you get back to your team. With just a bit of focus, you can ensure the strongest ROI for you and your team.

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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  1. Kutsko

    I found great tips here. Thanks for sharing this article!


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