About Leadership Management Training

By Contributing Writer

  • Overview

    During the Industrial Revolution, workers were treated like factory equipment. They worked in dirty and thankless conditions and didn't always have managers that cared about their safety. Then people decided to study the workplace and discovered that if they changed working conditions, workers reacted positively or negatively. This gave birth to scientific management method, which tried to find ways to improve worker productivity. This evolved to the current leadership management techniques, which incorporates the "human factor" in improving production.
  • Seminars and classes:

    Seminars teach leadership related skills, such as public speaking. Managers are given tricks on how to overcome stage fright and how to write and deliver a speech effectively. Facilitators teach people to catch little things like crossing arms, repetitive hand movements and nervous pacing. Since managers have to "sell" their employees on getting their jobs done and "sell" their bosses on prospective projects, some of these seminars offer sales courses. Facilitators also bring the leadership management students through team building exercises.
  • Total Quality Management:

    Total Quality Management (TQM) evolved from the "Scientific Management" system. In this system, work processes were recorded as mathematical diagrams. Management looked at these models to try to find ways to improve productivity. TQM took these concepts and added a human element. This time, the scientific management was done at the worker level. The workers, knowing how the manufacturing and service process worked, knew how to do things better. Management gave the workers full support in implementing changes. They encouraged the employees to form quality circles so they could brainstorm ways to improve the production process. Managers learn these concepts in TQM courses, which usually consist of lessons, group discussions and problem solving as well as hands on experiments.

  • Lean Six Sigma:

    This is an extension of TQM. Lean Six Sigma takes TQM's statistics and mathematical formulas and aims close to perfection. Where TQM looked for ways to gradually improve the work process, Lean Six Sigma aimed at aggressively scrutinizing the work process to look for ways to cut waste in addition to improving efficiency. People with Lean Six Sigma experience, expertise, and education are identified by different designators. These levels are (from basic to advanced): white belt, green belt, black belt and Lean Sensei.
  • Leadership Academy:

    This is a 3 day program that's jammed packed with information that involves classroom and interactive hands on training. Managers learn such things as 10 key leadership principles, how to set organization on the right course, ways to align the manager's team to the organization's objectives, how to motivate employees and involve a team with ultimate decisions, the best way to correct employee deficiencies, and how to manage employee time. This program has been successful, as students report being able to focus their team to work together toward corporate objectives.
  • Military Leadership Management Training:

    Service members learn leadership the moment they enter basic training. Prior to reaching the Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) ranks, enlisted members attend the beginning of a continuum of leadership courses. The first one is a leadership course for NCOs; two examples include Warrior Leadership Course (WLC) for Army NCOs, and the Petty Officer (PO) Indoctrination Course for the Navy PO (Navy NCOs). They reach the NCO ranks at E-4s. The leadership continuum continues with leadership courses specific to E-5, E-6, and the Senior Enlisted Ranks. Senior Enlisted Academies in all branches offer advanced leadership training to senior NCOs. Officers get leadership training in ROTC, the Academy, and prior to their taking on their first assignment. The military also emphasizes hands on leadership training.
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