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Executive Leaders: How To Support Your Employees' Professional Development

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Executive Leaders: How To Support Your Employees' Professional Development

One of the most important responsibilities of Executive Leaders is the development of their employees. An organization is only as good as its employees, and by improving your employees' skill sets, you as executive manager will improve the chances for your company's success.

Discuss your employees' goals. The first step to developing your staff is to find out what individuals want to get out of their time with your organization, as well as their professional future. Work with your employees individually. They may surprise you with what they want to do, and you may see potential that they have not yet seen in themselves. Creating a reasonable plan with their goals in mind is a great morale booster, which will encourage not just that employee, but the workplace as a whole.

Follow up. Managing your employees' progress is an integral part of executive management. Check that they are following the plan you have agreed upon. Sometimes you may just need to be a cheerleader. Sometimes you may have to step in and make adjustments. Encourage feedback from your employees. This interaction is vital to building trust between yourself as Executive Leader and your employees, which in turn will create strong professional relationships that will benefit your business.

Create opportunities within the organization. You can use your company as a training center for your employees. Take the time to set up training and mentoring sessions among your staff. By encouraging your employees to expand their responsibilities and try new skills in a supervised environment, you are potentially tapping into new talents and fostering individual growth. Making mentors of your own staff members not only gives trainees the best look at another aspect of the business, but it also allows mentors to experience a leadership role.

Find opportunities outside the organization. Stay current with trends within your professional field and apply that to the professional development of your employees. You can use your contacts within your field to bring in industry professionals to run workshops or seminars for your staff. You can create a schedule that allows staff members to take workshops and seminars outside the workplace. This training can take the form of conferences, additional skill building, advanced education and/or certificates, industry certifications, management classes and even online webinars and distance learning.

Don't forget your own professional development. Just as your employees can expand and improve their skills, you as an executive manager have room for professional growth. Keeping up with your industry is an absolute necessity in any business, and you must ensure that your skills are up-to-date to stay competitive. You will also set a good example for your employees by taking the time to improve your skills.

Professional development empowers employees to achieve more and expand their abilities. When employees feel in-control of their career, they can be more proactive in the workplace and take more pride in not only their own work but in the company itself.

 

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