Berger Leadership Blog

Dec 01, 2017

5 lessons to train a great manager

NAFCU staff

Part of being a leader is ensuring other leaders throughout your organization are trained and developed so they can perform at their fullest potential.

Google Manager Sarah Calderon shared five lessons that will give those organizations looking to train and develop their managers a boost. Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, summarizes these five lessons in a recent post. The lessons include:

  1. High-performing employees don't necessarily make good managers. Calderon says it's best to look at how someone works with others and how they get their work done when assessing how they will lead.
  2. The best time to train new managers is a few months into the job. Calderon suggests letting new managers manage for a few months before putting them into formal training.
  3. Don't overwhelm new managers. What does your manager need to succeed in their first six months? Give them just that and then let them build upon that knowledge, Calderon says.
  4. Training isn't the only way to support your managers. Managers can learn a great deal from other managers.
  5. Give managers the feedback they need to get better.  This could mean staff fills out a yearly evaluation of their manager's performance.

Calderon also says it's important to remember that not all managers are going to be great right away. Skills take practice, and managers need a supportive learning environment in order to get better. Follow me on Twitter (@BDanBerger).