Managers are a critical part of the structure of any organisation. Managers form the essential link between workers at the frontline and the key decision-makers at the helm of affairs. For meaningful progress to be made, managers need to be equipped with the right tools and skills.
The term management development refers to the processes involved in enhancing the skills of managers. It is not a simple, straightforward process as structured elements are included. Critical tools are needed to effectively plan, organise, coordinate, and implement the training programs.
Research has shown that good management development programs can have positive influences on organisational structure and practices.
The approach to management development should reflect the strengths of organisations. The training should be all-inclusive, involving every stakeholder at individual, group, and organisational level.
The framework for effective management development should include the following elements:
- Key management and leadership skills
- Techniques for strategy development
- Self-development tools
- Methods for interpersonal development
- Approaches to emotional intelligence