Leadership training programmes vary in their approach and content, but there are several essential elements that are commonly included to develop effective leaders.
The top five fundamentals are known to be:
- Understanding behavioural styles: Every individual has a different behavioural style and reacts differently to training processes. This is often suppressed and is not obvious initially. Without understanding an individual’s natural behavioural style and preferences, or their adjusted conscious behaviour, effective training outcomes are not guaranteed.
- Self-awareness: Effective leadership begins with self-awareness as leaders need to understand their strengths, weaknesses, values and beliefs. Self-awareness helps leaders recognise their own biases and emotions and the impact they have on their decision-making and interactions with others.
- Communication skills: Strong communication is a cornerstone of effective leadership. Leadership training should focus on improving both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. This includes active listening, giving and receiving feedback, public speaking, conflict resolution, and the ability to convey a clear and compelling vision to inspire and motivate others.
- Team building: Leadership often involves working with and leading teams. Training programmes should emphasise team building skills, including fostering collaboration, building trust, managing conflicts within the team, and understanding team dynamics. Effective leaders know how to leverage the strengths of team members to achieve common goals.
- Decision making and problem solving: Leaders are frequently faced with complex decisions and challenges. Leadership training should equip individuals with tools and techniques to make informed decisions, solve problems, and think critically.
Extended DISC reports, which are used in over 80 countries, are valuable in leadership training and development. They provide insights into an individual’s natural behavioural style and preferences, helping leaders better understand themselves and their teams, and addressing the five elements listed above.