From Friend to Team Leader programme

The Invisible Line in the Sand

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has been a member of a work team, looked across at the team manager and thought ‘I could do their job. I could manage the team.’

Suddenly finding yourself in that position though – with a team to lead – can be completely different to what you expected!

It’s one of the hardest steps – some might say THE hardest step – you’ll take in your people management career. Moving from being one of the team to the leader of that team is going to test you. Yesterday you were one of the gang…today things have changed…an invisible line in the sand has been drawn.

Too often, new team leaders are appointed and then left to get on with it, simply moved into the role and told to start supervising – frequently with very little guidance, support or training and development. The sink or swim approach might work for some, but not everyone. Of course, there will be successes, but equally there will be challenges along the way. People issues arise, practical problems turn up and suddenly the focus is all on you – the team leader – to sort things out!

At PDT, our two-day management training workshop, From Friend to Team Leader, will help individuals who are newly appointed or about to be appointed to the Team Leader role.

From stepping into the responsibilities that come with the role, building teamwork, planning and organising tasks and communicating effectively – to giving constructive feedback to team members, understanding what makes people tick and leading by example. These management training courses will cover the key areas to equip team leaders with a solid foundation and understanding of what to do to be a success in the role – and what to avoid.

Leadership is complicated, people are all different and challenges will vary. Taking on a people management role will take you outside your comfort zone – but that’s where you’ll grow as a leader.

Starting off on the right footing is key and this programme will help you work out your own best ways forward. The two days will give you a great opportunity to share the challenges, discuss potential solutions, talk through concerns and work out best practices with others in similar roles within different organisations.  

What is Covered in This Management Training Session?

Day 1

  • Stepping into the role – from friend to team leader
  • Understanding the role in the work environment; bridging personal barriers
  • What are your responsibilities?
  • Your team leader style – how do others see you?
  • Effective communication – how well do you communicate at all levels?
  • The importance and benefits of communication
  • Individual communication skills  
  • Personal effectiveness – your self-awareness and behaviour
  • Leading by example – essential leadership skills for the workplace

Day 2

  • Individual presentations and feedback on progress
  • Motivation
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Understanding teams and effective teamwork  
  • Building team spirit and giving feedback
  • Recognising your key strengths and areas for development
  • Action plans

When is this Professional Development Course Taking Place?

With PDT, you will find regular professional development training courses and skills workshops taking place across the West Midlands, all throughout the year. Currently, our Friend to Team Leader course is being held on the following dates -

  • Day 1 on Tue, 19 Sept 2023, 09:30–16:30 BST followed by  
  • Day 2 on Tue, 17 Oct 2023, 09:30–16:30 BST

Join our Team Leader Training Courses

With expert trainers, interactive sessions, and practical insights, you'll gain a deeper understanding of leadership principles and strategies that will not only benefit your career but also empower your confidence to reach new heights.

If you are interested in excelling your professional development, choose PDT to expand your understanding and enhance your skill sets. If you would like to learn more about our management training, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  

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