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How to Set Up First-Time Managers for Success

February 3, 2022

By Heather Nezich, courtesy of SBAM Approved Partner ASE

Developing good leaders is imperative to the success of any organization. According to SHRM, 76% of employees say their manager creates the culture at work.  In addition, a study by Robert Half shows that 50% of employees have quit a job because of a bad manager.  In short, managers are important, and it’s a big burden to take on for those new to leadership.

Often times an employee is promoted to management because they’ve been such a good worker.  But have they managed? They likely need training in order to succeed as a manager. However, only 10% of organizations have aligned leadership development programs with future business needs and employee competencies, according to the Brandon Hall Group.

Typically, new managers need development in the following areas:

  • Developing people
  • Creating accountability
  • Driving execution
  • Applying emotional intelligence

3 Strategies for Helping New Managers Succeed

  1. Develop your talent on their way to the top – Succession planning and building bench strength is crucial to having your next line of managers ready to go. Find your high potential employees and continually develop them.
  2. Teach coaching – Most employees promoted into leadership were promoted because they excelled at their tasks, but they often do not know how to coach others to do the same. Coaching is a large portion of management, so be sure to train your new managers on how to do so.
  3. Instill critical mindsets, especially a growth and learning mindset – Leaders must embrace a growth mindset. The most effective leaders are always striving to learn new ways to do things.

ASE Can Help

Principles and Practices of Supervision I
This course provides the foundational skills for supervisors, either new or experienced.  This nuts-and-bolts class looks at popular managerial models and provides practical tools and knowledge to help supervisors conquer the ten most critical tasks of a supervisor. This is a multi-session course over several weeks.

Principles and Practices of Supervision II
This class is the sequel to Principles and Practices of Supervision I.  This class builds on the nuts and bolts learning in Principles I and takes a look at the strategic and leadership aspect of the supervisor role.  In this class, supervisors look at ways they can influence their teams for better performance and some things that might hinder their success.  This class provides supervisors an opportunity to gain insight into how they supervise. This is a multi-session course over several weeks.

Supervise with Success
This course will define the role and responsibilities of a supervisor. Participants will practice techniques to develop relationships, deliver feedback, delegate, make decisions, and conduct effective meetings. This course is ideal for those new to the field of supervision.

Leadership Essentials
Participants will learn about the principles of leadership and how they can be used in any organization to foster integrity and create positive change. This course provides insight on how to be an outstanding leader and achieve excellence in self and others

Emotional Intelligence
This course will increase participants understanding of the relevance and importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). It will explore ways to improve participants EQ and develop an action plan in order to be more successful in the workplace.

Coaching for Peak Performance
This training is to help supervisors and managers develop effective coaching skills. Participants will learn techniques that will improve employee performance and motivate employees to increase “discretionary effort” toward company goals. The course will discuss the importance of providing consistency in employee development.

Contribution – Increasing Your Leadership Value
This class will assist leaders in growth and development by clarifying areas they can control and influence, exploring career stages and identifying personal strengths/opportunities.

Leadership Academy
ASE’s Leadership Academy, taught by MBC Training & Development LLC, helps organizations develop their current and future leadership strength. The Leadership Academy is designed to be offered over a period of months in order to build on skills taught and maximize reinforcement.  The program takes an integrated approach with real-world application. Assignments come with ROI components for the organization they represent.  Participants are requested to involve their employees in assignments and participate openly with current and relevant issues.

Developing Influential Leadership (for high potentials)
High potential team members know your business, they are ambitious, others respect them and they work well with others.  A “high-potential employee” is an employee who has been identified as having the potential, ability and aspiration for successive leadership positions within the company and/or the desire to move to more senior individual contributor roles. This course consists of 11 full-day training sessions scheduled 4-6 weeks apart.

For information on the Leadership Academy or Developing Influential Leadership, ASE custom training programs, please contact Tony Kaylin.

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