Mastering the new, letting go of the old

Managers need more than training course to excel in new positions
By Ginty Burns and Rich Morgan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/17/2005

With so many management and leadership training courses available, HR professionals may have a hard time figuring out which ones turn effective employees into effective leaders.

Leadership training typically focuses on essential skills, such as coaching, performance management, rewards and recognition, communication, work planning and goal setting. Not a lot of thought is given to what it means for managers to progress through different organizational levels and how best to help them through the transitions.

Each promotion to a new level requires the manager to demonstrate a different set of problem-solving skills. Success depends on the manager’s ability to value and master new work while letting go of the very work at which the person excelled, and which probably led to the promotion.