How to Design a Management Development Program Using Three Essential Elements
As the saying goes, “Lead People, Manage Things.” It’s a simple phrase, but it highlights a critical aspect of management: the importance of prioritizing people over tasks. For new managers, this can be easier said than done. That’s why investing in training programs that teach new managers how to effectively lead their teams is crucial. By learning the skills needed to build strong relationships with their employees, new managers can create a positive work environment and drive results. In this article, we’ll explore why new manager training is essential for effective leadership and what it should include.
Designing a management and leadership development program using Everything DiSC Management, Everything DiSC Work of Leaders, and Everything DiSC Productive Conflict, along with the Management Trilogy and the 4M Model, can be achieved by following these steps:
- Assess the Current State: Before designing any program, it is important to understand the current state of the organization and its leaders. Conduct assessments using the Everything DiSC assessments to determine the DiSC styles of the leaders and identify areas of strengths and opportunities for development.
- Define the Objectives: Based on the assessment results, define the objectives of the program. This could include improving communication, building trust, enhancing conflict resolution skills, developing leadership and management competencies, and aligning values with the organization’s mission and vision.
- Design the Curriculum: Develop a curriculum that integrates the Everything DiSC Management, Everything DiSC Work of Leaders, and Everything DiSC Productive Conflict assessments and resources. The curriculum should also incorporate the Management Trilogy and the 4M Model. The curriculum should be designed to provide a mix of theoretical and practical learning experiences.
- Plan the Delivery: Plan the delivery of the program, including scheduling, venue, and facilitation. Determine if the program will be delivered in-person, online, or in a blended format.
- Implement the Program: Once the delivery plan is in place, implement the program. Ensure that all materials and resources are readily available, and that participants have access to ongoing support during and after the program.
- Evaluate the Program: Evaluate the program’s effectiveness in achieving its objectives. Use assessments and feedback from participants to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. Use the results to refine the program and make necessary adjustments to future programs.
The 4M Model
Incorporating the 4M Model can be done by including the following components:
- Intrinsic Motivation: This can be fostered by providing opportunities for autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
- Extrinsic Motivation: This can be fostered by providing rewards and recognition for achievements and contributions.
- Role Models: Identify successful leaders within the organization and use their experiences and behaviors as examples to emulate.
- Concept Models: Provide models and frameworks for leadership and management concepts that can be applied in real-world situations.
- Individual Mentors: Provide opportunities for one-on-one coaching and mentoring for participants.
- Group Mentors: Facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring and coaching, allowing participants to learn from each other’s experiences.
- Simulated Experiences: Provide opportunities for participants to practice and apply leadership and management skills in simulated situations.
- Real-World Experiences: Provide opportunities for participants to apply leadership and management skills in real-world situations, allowing them to gain mastery through experience.
The Management Trilogy
Incorporating the Management Trilogy can be done by focusing on the following areas. These provide context for the learning:
Daily Management: Leading with VALUES
- Aligning values with the organization’s mission and vision
- Building a culture of accountability
- Fostering trust and respect among team members
- Recommended resource: Everything DiSC Management
Crisis Management: Leading with VALOR
- Preparing for crises and emergencies
- Developing crisis management plans and protocols
- Communicating effectively during a crisis
- Recommended Resource: Everything DiSC Productive Conflict
Strategic Management: Leading with VISION
- Developing and communicating a clear vision and strategy
- Aligning goals and objectives with the organization’s vision and strategy
- Managing change and adapting to new challenges
- Recommended Resource: Everything DiSC Work of Leaders
New Manager Training doesn’t have to be complicated. By integrating the Everything DiSC assessments and resources, the 4M Model, and the Management Trilogy, a comprehensive management and leadership development program can be created that is tailored to the needs of your organization and your leaders.