Atlanta, GA (WiredPRNews.com) The rush to enroll in leadership training and development has increased over a number of years as more jobs needing leadership skills are now in the market.
Unlike the eight to five jobs of yesteryears where growth and promotion in the job relied more on the person’s punctuality and hours spent on his desk, today’s generation are blessed with a thousand and one things of getting a job done, the most promising of which are on line jobs. You can be thousands of miles away from your superior and yet get your job done promptly and as specified, through the wonders of information technology.
But times have changed, and with it, the needs and demands of a constantly changing world. So many jobs needing various skills have grown in number, and because the pie is already shrinking the mad race to outdo and eliminate the competitor/adversary has become fast and furious. Foremost among the in demand jobs are those that require leadership or management skills to focus on personnel handling and management. Thus, we have a mushrooming of different training programs focused on developing leadership skills of young personnel for greater productivity which in turn will translate into increased profit for the company.
Whether this increase in training programs have turned out effective leaders and managers for the business world has yet to be validated. Hopefully, this will not result in chiefs outnumbering the Indians in the corporate world. The old adage a good leader must first be a good follower should always be the first to be considered, as more and more are jumping in the leadership training bandwagon.
To put things in their proper perspective, here is a list of few things to remember:
Training the average Joe to become an effective leader means not only building his confidence and teaching him the ABCs of leadership.
He should first learn the Never lose your basic values of humility, hard work and willingness to start at the bottom, not at the top.
Sincerity and honesty in dealing with peers is a must in becoming a good leader/manager.
Being gentle but firm is another important pointer. Be polite, be considerate but never waver in your decision if you believe it isn the right one.
Do not be afraid to admit your mistake. This is not a sign of weakness, but the makings of a good leader.
Never lose your cool. Even if it seems that the entire roof is crashing on your head. Think, assess, weigh the pros and cons, then act decisively and in time before it’s too late.
Remember the overriding dictum is damage control in critical situations and cutting losses, have underlined not increasing them.