Even if you don’t aspire to become a leader, or don’t think you do right now, you may want to consider investing in leadership training through continuing education courses or other opportunities. It turns out that there are benefits to leadership training that apply to all employees, including the ones who may not be in positions of leadership or don’t think they want to be leaders someday.
Leadership Training: Transferrable Skills
Some of the skills taught in leadership training courses are useful for any position or job. You don’t have to be a leader to need good communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and a knack for resolving conflicts rather than causing or continuing them. These and other skills are essential for leaders, but can be practiced by any employee for better functioning in the workplace.
Most employees today need to work with a team, and while there is usually an official team leader, it is possible to have great influence on how the team functions even when you don’t hold the official leadership position. Whether you decide to put your hat in the ring for the next promotion or not, you can show your value as a team player when you put leadership skills to work for your team’s benefit.
Emotional intelligence is another leadership skill often taught in continuing education and training courses. While it is important for leaders to be able to see things from others’ points of view, express themselves in a self-controlled way, and figure out how to create win-win situations, these abilities can also be used by those who are not identified as leaders. Emotional intelligence is an asset to any employee, not just leaders.
Leadership Training: Benefits Now and Later
Leadership training typically addresses key skills areas that are beneficial in any role. There’s no reason to wait for a promotion to a leadership position to build leadership skills; you never know when you will need them as an employee or when your company will look to move you into a leadership role. If you have had leadership training and applied the skills involved to your current role, you will be prepared to take the next step when the time comes.
It may seem like many employees jump into leadership roles suddenly. One day someone might be in an entry-level position, and the next day they are promoted into management. In reality, however, growth is usually far more gradual. The skills that leaders need can be developed over time, one course, one lesson, one experience at a time. By the time the need arises to step into a position of leadership, whether formal or informal, you will be ready.
CCSU offers a variety of leadership training courses that can teach the skills needed to succeed in the workplace, whatever your position or role. View open courses to see how we can meet your career development needs.