By Liz Ryan, Forbes
Since corporations and institutions started cutting training budgets twenty years ago, leadership training has become a rare and precious thing for those managers lucky enough to experience it.
Years ago every company of any size had a fancy training center and trainees zipping in and out of classrooms all the time, learning how to do their jobs more effectively.
Now it is hard to get the training you need at work — and even harder to learn about abstract topics like “How to be a leader.”
The best organizations know that people don’t become leaders just because they got promoted. They take leadership development seriously.
However, lots of other employers don’t. They delude themselves that new managers will learn how to lead employees on their own, without guidance or instruction.
There is another reason there are so many poor managers around, and that is that many of the people who might be coaching and inspiring young leaders don’t understand leadership themselves.
They think that being a leader means telling people what to do.
Any fool can bark out orders. A real leader is someone who takes the time and invests the energy to build trust on a team.
This article first appeared on Forbes.com