Why Leadership Training is Important

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Whether you’re overseeing a large team or you’ve just made your first hire, leadership training is a great resource to help you become the best possible leader you can be. You see, leadership and work culture are interconnected. Healthy, self-aware leadership is critical to ensuring your team works together in an agile, emotionally intelligent way that encourages everyone to succeed. 

Easy, right? Well—getting to a point where you can embody this type of leader may require some help from the professionals. Our team of seasoned trainers can give you the support you need to learn, grow, and create positive chemistry in your workplace.

The Importance of Mentoring and Leadership Development

If you’re asking yourself why leadership training is important, we challenge you to first ask yourself what your purpose is as a leader. If you can’t think of a few solid answers right off the top of your head, chances are you could use some help identifying your core leadership practice and mission.

Mentoring and leadership development is our specialty, and we’re here to help you and your team approach situations with leadership and integrity at the forefront of your actions. Keep reading for an overview of the leadership training topics we cover.

Agile Leadership

Bias in the Workplace

As we’ve learned over the years, challenging times require an entirely different level of leadership—and agility is vital. Agility refers to the need to pivot quickly, as well as the ability to see an obstacle or need, make a quick decision, and respond to it. 

Developing the mindset and skills to thrive during challenges takes time and practice. At Bonfire, our effective leadership training helps leaders assess their ability to be agile as well as define advantages and behaviors of a growth mindset, vulnerability, visibility, transparency, and other crucial aspects of leading during tough times. 

As a leader, you’ll inevitably be confronted with challenges. What’s important is how you react to these pit-falls! Bringing a high level of leadership to trying times will show your team and overall organization that you all have what it takes to survive and thrive through whatever challenges come your way. 

Our Agile Leadership Training delivers the following learning outcomes for leadership development:

  • Realize the challenges of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity
  • Be able to develop the mindset and skills leaders need to thrive in change and challenges
  • Determine impacts on their teams, themselves, and their leadership
  • Be equipped to enhance trust
  • Know the characteristics of leaders with a high Agility Quotient (AQ)

A huge way to set yourself apart as a leader is to take the time to reflect on biases and encourage your team to do the same. We understand that bringing up topics surrounding bias can be difficult to initiate—especially in a work setting—but it’s super important. 

We offer the leadership training programs you and your team need to confront bias and initiate important conversations that eliminate unfair treatment, dysfunctional teams, and disengaged people. Our training helps give a common language to these crucial topics, allows a safe place to be introspective, and breaks down where we are personally on the path to impartiality. 

This corporate leadership training invites you to reflect on the following three types of biases to cultivate a culture of unity: 

  • Unconscious Bias: These are judgments that are formed outside of our conscious awareness.
  • Affinity Bias: This is our tendency to see things like us as more favorable than things not like us—and explains our preference for things more like us.
  • Confirmation Bias: This is our bias toward information that validates what we already believe to be true.

Understanding Team Dysfunction

Healthy, happy, and productive teams don’t just happen—it usually takes a certain level of transparent and attentive leadership. While leaders may have a specific idea of what their “dream team” may look like, chances are you won’t ever be able to hand-pick your team. So, you need to work with what you already have in an intentional and leader-like manner.

This means recognizing when things are “off” on your team. Whether it’s an absence of trust, a fear of conflict, lack of commitment, accountability avoidance, or result inattention. Our leadership training offers an in-depth understanding of how you can overcome these obstacles in a sustainable way that promotes long-term success.

The Five Behaviors of a Team leadership development training will give leaders the resources to:

  • Understand what it means to be a team
  • Know the expectations of a cohesive team
  • Practice communications indicative of a true team
  • Increase clarity of communication
  • Make substantial progress to become a more cohesive team
  • Lay the groundwork for continuing progress

Leadership Development Essentials

Improving Relationships

Every basic leadership training module needs to cover the essentials of leadership development. No matter what type of leadership role you’re in, you could likely benefit from mentoring strategies, personalized development plans, and post-training activities for long-term organizational success and personal growth.

Luckily, we offer leadership training courses that equip leaders with everything they need to keep training alive and positively impact learning transfer at their organization. When we as leaders ask ourselves how to develop leadership skills in employees, we need to first take a look in the mirror. No matter how good or bad a leader acts, they are leading and modeling behaviors for their staff to inevitably follow. 

With this in mind, our Sustain the Training: Customer Service Essentials course includes the following: 

  • Techniques and formulas to coach and motivate teams
  • Individual and team development plans
  • Ways for your teams to be involved in the sustainability plan
  • A structure for implementing side-by-side coaching sessions

Every one of us has a primary behavior style that can make us click or clank with other people. As a leader, it’s important to understand why we naturally get along with some people and why it may take more work to meet eye-to-eye with others.

Any leader knows the secret to productivity and engagement in fostering a team that can communicate effectively and get along with one another. One of our favorite leadership topics for beginners is the concept of DISC behavioral styles. After completing a simple assessment, you’ll receive your personal behavioral profile that gives deeper meaning to your behaviors and emotions. 

With the information gathered through our Better Relationships through DISC course, we can work together to:

  • Recognize potential strengths and blind spots.
  • Understand the reasons behind others' behavior.
  • Adapt our style to create better relationships.
  • Know how to recognize DISC "wiring" in others.
  • Have a better understanding of personal DISC "wiring"
  • Exhibit personal accountability for behavior.
  • Utilize DISC language to create mutual understanding

Emotional Intelligence

Every certified leadership professional needs to have a high level of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in ourselves and others and use this awareness to manage our behaviors and relationships. The concept of emotional intelligence is so important because it equips us to create relationships that truly work and inspire us to bring out the best in ourselves and others. 

As a leader, understanding emotional intelligence and promoting it on your team is a crucial differentiator between effective leaders and leaders that need our training! The ability to relate to others and control our own emotions is the clear path to unlimited success when in a leadership position.

The learning outcomes from our comprehensive Emotional Intelligence (EI) training course include:

  • Recognizing the importance of EI in key skills for success
  • Gaining perspective on personal EI abilities
  • Selecting strategies to help Social Awareness and Relationship Management
  • Taking the next step to improve their EI
  • Selecting strategies to help Self-Awareness and Self-Management

Presentation Skills

Part of being a great leader is exhibiting cool and collected public speaking skills. We offer this leadership certification course because we’re well aware that most peoples’ fear of public speaking outranks their fear of snakes, spiders, flying, and even death! It doesn’t have to be this way! As a leader, you want to take on presentations with confidence—not anxiety. 

Our Presentation Skills leadership training provides leaders with the skills they need to make speaking in front of a group less terrifying and more enjoyable. It can feel terrific to get up in front of a crowd and flex your knowledge. And your point will likely come across much more effectively when it’s presented in such a self-assured manner. 

This leadership development training can help leaders experiencing glossophobia overcome their fear through: 

  •  Understanding different types of presentations (i.e., informative, persuasive, problem-solving, etc.)
  • Learning the best practices for preparing and delivering successful presentations.
  • Feeling capable and confident when presenting to different audiences.
  • Knowing time management tips and techniques to deliver a relevant, applicable, and engaging presentation.
  • Creating and managing presentations by utilizing the latest technology.
  • Understanding how to tailor presentations to specific audiences.

Let Us Be Your Real-Life Leadership Training Manual

If you’re looking for a leadership development program in Indianapolis, Bonfire Training is the team to call. We offer the best leadership courses online and in-person, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information.