Is a Trained Leader a Better Leader?

Leadership Training vs. Coaching

Alternatives to Traditional Leader Training

The only way to create a winner is to train one, right? That’s not necessarily true. The most successful athletes and the most successful business executives absolutely need targeted training to reach the pinnacle of their respective successes. What’s the caveat? Effective teaching should be fluid, thoughtful, and dynamic. An education that feels stagnant or monotonous to the recipient isn’t doing anything to further the subject’s goals. Of course, a trained leader is generally a better leader, but the best leaders are those who also receive alternative paths to enrichment.

What is Training?

According to the Business Dictionary, training is always an organized activity to help one learn. In a traditional sense, it involves studying from a textbook, and it typically involves sitting in a classroom to receive knowledge dispensed by someone else. It is often repetitive, which can be beneficial. While training is necessary, traditional training doesn’t go above and beyond to create real leaders. True leaders are individuals with the motivation to expand their knowledge base beyond the humdrum training manuals and courses that they and all of their peers studied.

A Better Approach to Typical Training

Even highly effective leaders need to keep growing. The most effective individuals understand that leadership is not a destination: It’s a journey. Effective leadership training, therefore, should be challenging, fluid, and dynamic. It should not instruct via a tired textbook or a well-worn manual. Unfortunately, that’s the basis of many so-called leadership training courses. That’s why individuals typically aren’t excited about attending “training.” There’s a better way to train a better leader. Instead of sending leaders to a conference room to watch a speaker read from a training manual, give them a dynamic coaching session with seasoned, successful professionals in the field who will challenge their assumptions and pique their interests. Inspired and energized leaders are better leaders, with the ability to transform your team.


Coaching is Contagious

Leaders who are coached leave their training sessions feeling empowered and excited to share what they’ve learned and achieved. Coaching turns leaders into coaches themselves! Every team needs an encouraging coach who can rally members to improve. You could send your leaders to a “one-and-done” training session the pinnacle of which is a “Certificate of Completion.” But why? These tired training sessions tend to go in one ear and out the other. Coaching-based leadership training is the true path to building a better leader. This training approach resonates and creates a domino effect of leaders throughout an organization.

Successfully Trained Leaders Become Coaches to Those They Supervise

Coaches are not cheerleaders, although sometimes they can and should act like cheerleaders! Business coaches are able to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of each member of a team and use that information to benefit the organization as a whole. When your leaders receive effective training, they essentially become coaches for those they supervise. Imagine the power and productivity of an employee base led not by “bosses” who dictate but by coaches who motivate and uplift? Programs like A Better Leader transform “trainees” into coaches by stimulating them and energizing them to succeed in all aspects of their professional life.


If you’re a business owner or manager, take a pause before you schedule your next leadership training event. If training simply involves going through the motions, then what’s the point? If you’re pursuing training for your team because you sincerely want to develop better leaders, make sure the program you choose is dynamic. Choose a program that takes a coaching approach and encourages leaders not to only internalize what they learn but to also go out and share it with everyone in your organization.

Chris Craddock

As the leader of Projections' production team, Chris loves to inspire others to perform at the highest levels! From the most challenging leadership opportunities to brainstorming the latest topics leaders want to learn about, Chris provides clear direction and vision.