Successful leaders are proficient trainers. They help their teams
solve problems, implement new ideas, adopt innovative techniques, and
share best practices. When
training is done successfully and recurrently, teams frequently
transform themselves into learning organizations.
Organizational specialist Kenneth Leithwood defines a learning
organization as "a group of people pursuing common purposes with a
collective commitment to regularly weighing the value of those purposes,
modifying them when that makes sense, and continuously developing more
effective and efficient ways of accomplishing those purposes."
Training for positive change is not an easy journey.
The reality of tight schedules, limited energy and time, daily
maintenance, and tight resources can assault the best training
Below are ten key conditions that will help a team embrace
Encourage team members to share information and strategies.
Allow them to observe one another and engage in peer coaching.
Stay on top of the research. Stay
connected to internal data and the findings of professional
Regularly explain to your team members the need for training and
why you encourage it. Work
to get “buy in” from your team.
Provide team members with information and feedback.
Find time for those who require or desire training.
Organizational learning won’t happen unless leaders make
time for it.
Listen to team members, ask them what their training needs are, and
stay open to new types of learning.
Incorporate the role of
trainer into your job description.
Make training for greater productivity one of your leadership
Make ongoing training and learning part of your team mission.
Adapt your training to fit the competencies of your learners.