How to Develop Your Managers into Leaders

March 23, 2023

Written by Sandra Reder

Founder and President

Vertical Bridge HR

In today’s volatile and complex business environment, organizations need leaders who can inspire and empower their teams to navigate through uncertainty and achieve critical goals. While managers are typically responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, leaders go beyond that by setting direction, building vision, and fostering a culture of innovation and growth. In other words, turning managers into leaders is crucial for developing a workforce that is agile, adaptable, and resilient in the face of constant change. This transformation often requires a mindset shift, as well as the development of new skills and competencies.  Investing in leadership development can yield significant benefits for both individuals and organizations alike.

As businesses grow and evolve, there is often a shift from traditional management structures to more inclusive and collaborative leadership models.

Here are five reasons why it’s important to turn managers into leaders:

1. Encourages Collaboration

Leaders focus on bringing people together and building consensus among team members, which can help foster greater collaboration and cooperation. Conflicts and differences of opinion are inevitable in any workplace. Good leaders have the ability to manage conflicts and find solutions that work for all parties involved.

2. Inspires and Motivates Others

Leaders inspire and motivate their teams.  They are able to convey a stronger sense of purpose and vision for the future by working towards a common goal, which is essential for the success of any organization. An effective leader leads by example and sets high standards for themselves and their team. They model the behaviour they expect from their team members and earn their respect and trust.

3. Fosters Creativity and Innovation

Good leaders encourage creative thinking and innovation, which can lead to new ideas and approaches that benefit the whole company. They encourage team members to think outside the box, come up with new ideas, and experiment with new processes. This leads to improved efficiencies, new products and services, and a competitive edge in the market.

4. Develops Your Talent

Leaders empower their employees by giving them the tools and resources they need to succeed, while also encouraging them to take ownership of their work. This is accomplished by being able to identify individual strengths of team members and provide them with opportunities for growth and development. This helps to build a strong workforce that can improve productivity and achieve organizational goals. 

5. Creates a Strong Company Culture

By promoting teamwork, creativity, and empowerment, leaders can help create a strong, positive company culture that attracts top talent and fosters long-term success. 

In summary, leadership skills are essential for effective management as they help to build a strong and motivated team, foster innovation, and ensure the achievement of organizational goals.

Vertical Bridge HR offers a variety of leadership training and development programs and workshops customized to your needs.

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About the Author

For over 20 years, Sandra has been a driving force within the human resource community. Her understanding of current HR best practices and trends is extensive, and her desire to ensure that Vertical Bridge is providing innovative programs and services to their clients is what drives her and the business forward. She has worked within a wide range of industries including healthcare, private sector, not-for-profit and public sector.

Over the years she has been privy to information that few employers ever hear directly from their employees. She became aware that many employers do not realize how they are perceived by their employees. That awareness produced Sandra’s strong interest in assisting employers to ensure that they are creating engaging and respectful workplaces. In 2005 Sandra founded Vertical Bridge, a full service HR and recruitment consulting practice.

In late 2014 Sandra identified a need for human resources support within the healthcare sector. She founded HealthBridge HR, offering a variety of HR solutions specifically for health care practitioners providing them with the HR expertise that they would not otherwise have access to.

Sandra is a well-regarded facilitator and speaker on a variety of subjects, including HR Best Practices and Inter-Generational Communication within the Workplace. She is a sought after keynote speaker on the topic of human resources and has presented at numerous association and industry conferences.

She is actively involved with HRMA (the Human Resources Management Association), Sandra currently sits on a number of Boards, including EMBERS, a downtown Eastside social enterprise and the Developmental Disabilities Association. Sandra is the past chapter president of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services and past Chair of the Board of Governors for the Developmental Disabilities Foundation. She also has had the privilege of sitting on the local Chapter Board of Room to Read and she has actively volunteered her time with Covenant House in Vancouver.

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