Top 10 Leadership Development Activities for Managers

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Getting to the top of the corporate ladder requires personal and professional growth.  Growth happens quickly with targeted leadership development activities. Leader growth may not simply happen magically over time. Dedication, commitment and ongoing leader skill development are the cornerstones of any leadership position.

Of course, it does help to get a little boost from a team of professionals who really know their stuff. Learn2 is a company that focuses on growing leaders. Leadership training is simply what they do best.

Leadership Development Activities

1. Workshops on Dealing With Resistance

Unfortunately, any management team will report that one of their biggest challenges in the workplace is dealing with resistance from all angles. Co-workers and clients can offer a serious blockade when they disagree with any calls that management has had to make. It is important to learn how to deal with these challenging conversations in a constructive manner.

2. Simulations on Making or Implementing Important Changes

Change is an inevitability in any company. Change facilitates professional growth; which is why managers need to know how to implement changes effectively without making unnecessary waves.

3. Immersive Team Experiences

Team building exercises are an incredibly useful tool for managers. Immersive team experiences are the perfect platform for managers to learn when to work in a team and when to step up to the plate as the ultimate leader.

4. Application of Different Thought Processes

While many of us are pre-wired to think in a certain way and to handle challenges with our own “old-faithful” method, it is sometimes necessary to move away from these habits. Managers need to be able to think outside of the box and to learn to adapt their ways of thinking with specific leadership development activities.

5. Meeting and Conference Simulations

Knowing how to conduct oneself in a meeting is an invaluable skill. Training courses which simulate this particular environment are a fantastic management training device.

6. Keeping Work Flowing

Efficient workflow is something many businesses struggle to attain. This is largely due to a lack of adequate staff training. Management and leadership courses focusing on workflow can be a fun and dynamic way to get results rolling and keep it that way.

7. Personal Leadership Fulfillment

In the quest for adequate managerial training, personnel often find themselves pushing their own dreams to the wayside. A “dream big” leadership program enables managers to think about their futures within the company and personally as well. A well-balanced lifestyle is what transforms every manager into a great leader.

8. Employee Rewards

Often, the key to being a successful manager lies in acknowledging the strengths of co-workers and employees and knowing when to reward them. This can be difficult, which is why a course on finding the strengths in others so you can reward and recognize effectively is a good move.

9. Be Creative

Creativity is often lost in the corporate world. Good managers are able to think creatively and imaginatively. Specific skills have been detailed here. Workshops focusing on expanding this particular skill are a wonderful leadership development activity for the entire team and open the door to new approaches to old challenges.

10. One-On-One with a Pro

While team coaching programs have a lot of merit, one-on-one leadership coaching can be a very fulfilling process. Having some insight into the life of someone who has walked a similar path can often be encouraging. Your coach can give you specific leadership development activities where you learn to lead by leading.

About the Author: Doug Bolger

Doug Bolger wants to change the way the world works. As Founder & CEO of Learn2, Doug believes that every team can achieve inspired results by unlearning, optimizing and creating best practices. At the heart of his award-winning approach to facilitation and design lies Doug’s commitment to participant-centered and experiential Live Sessions. Teams transform and bottom lines grow when leaders and teams get committed to “doing differently”. This results-driven approach to learning has benefited clients such as Amex, J&J, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft and the Canadian Olympic Team. His business acumen, sizzling insights and creative approach earned the Learn2 team over a dozen industry awards and recognition. Doug’s conviction that anything is possible releases the power and energy inside participants and inspires them to lead differently. Languages: English, French, Spanish

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