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The Advantages Of Leadership Development Programs

Jun 6, 2008
Such programs are designed to provide trainees with an overview of an organization's operations. This is achieved by a rotational training of all the departments, and it provides exposure to all the important activities and operations of the business.

This way, trainees get first hand experience of the functioning of the organization, from the very top to the bottom of the management ladder. This in turn helps them become more effective and efficient managers and leaders.

Leadership programs vary widely on any number of different things. The specific structure depends upon the type of industry, work, services and operations. They also have some very basic elements in common.

At the beginning, trainees are usually rotated through various departments to become familiar with work. In addition, they are also "earmarked" as potential candidates for top positions in the future.

The Value of Leadership Programs

All the top leaders in various industries acknowledge the importance of such programs. At Hilton Hotels, the trainees are rotated through about a dozen different hotel departments during a period of 6 to 8 months. It has been proven that these employees, who as trainees undergo all the operations of all departments in the hotel, make better managers.

Staples also runs such a program. In their program, trainees are rotated to give them the experience of working at retail store and the head office. It is observed that these programs give a better understanding of the overall working of the organization and the operations involved inside the organization.

At Staples, trainees go through seminars, training sessions on all aspects of the processes for which they are being trained. Therefore, they get to know about everything - how to quote prices for products or services according to company practice, how to negotiate, supply chain management, logistics and much more.

Sometimes, trainees work with managers that act as their mentors.

Experience Pays Off

In a program run in an industry such as retail, trainees are initially rotated at the store level. They get the experience of working at the counter in the first phase of the training.

Once they join the office and assume other responsibilities, they understand the value of their training. Such trainees who join the company speak about their being able to understand the routine work, "right from day 1".

At Hilton Hotels for example, under housekeeping rotation, trainees are required to make beds and clean rooms. However, all this experience pays off, as they go on to become not only managers, but also future company leaders as well.

Leadership Grooming

This very experience of performing quite ground-level duties of everyday chores makes not only managers but also potential top leaders of the organization. Hilton has many directors and even VPs who were trained in leadership programs.

Of course, getting it right from the basics is the key to success, isn't it?
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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