When quizzed about their strengths, many professionals comment on their ability to adapt to change, think fast on their feet and stay cool under pressure. Sometimes, however, they don’t realize that their interaction and communication with colleagues can also be looked at as one of their strengths. After all, management likely will notice how employees handle themselves in the workplace and how they communicate with co-workers in order to complete an assignment.
Employees seeking to sharpen their communications skills in hopes of career advancement or an earnings boost might consider enrolling in a leadership training program. Colleges and universities nationwide offer business courses and certificate programs ranging in subject matter from interpersonal communication to leadership and management to intercultural studies.
Today, the broad availability of online courses provides greater flexibility and convenience to busy professionals interested in transitioning into leadership roles.
In a program or course targeting communication, management and leadership styles, participants can expect to find topics relating to verbal and nonverbal cues, how to create engagement, how to listen effectively and how to ensure comprehension.
Effective managers take note of their employees and tend to have a “chain of command” of workers to whom they delegate certain responsibilities. Employees deemed trustworthy and respected by their peers are usually at the top of the chain.
In other words, it’s not necessary to be a manager in order to be seen as a leader. By continuing to develop their leadership and communication skills, employees can work toward earning respect from colleagues and supervisors. This can help put them ahead of the competition when it comes to career advancement, as well as promoting a valuable habit of lifelong learning.