The importance of management training

70% of people who leave their job is because they are demotivated by the lack of leadership. Demotivated by bossy managers or people in management positions who have no clue what they are doing.

Being a manager is a profession. And as in every profession you need to be educated and trained and you have to gain experience and find your own way of managing and leading.

I have seen it in the Netherlands, and I see it over here in Botswana too that people get in management positions for the wrong reasons. Even young people with no experience at all with some kind of degree get in these roles. Unfortunately, most of them fail. This is not good for the organization, their team and especially it is not good for themselves. I get it, if you get promoted to a management position, most of the time you get better paid, you gain some status, and probably some privileges. Sounds good, until you have to do the job… I do understand that if there is a shortage of educated managers or staff in general, you have to do something as an organization. And, sometimes you find that talent that really is fit for the job. But they also need to be trained.

I was fortunate that I was able to get good education, training and mentorship which helped me to develop myself as a manager and leader. The skills I gained saved me a lot of stress, made me understand the importance of my job, but most of all I understood the responsibility the job takes.

Recently I trained a group of starting managers who were very keen to learn and to share information with each other. With their new skills, they can work smarter, less stressful and they will have more joy in their work. I learned that what made them very happy was that their managers made it possible that they got trained and when they put effort into their development.

I strongly believe that the amount of time, energy, and money spent on management training and development is far less than you have to spend when employees leave or when you have a frustrated management, non performing teams and a bad image as an organization.