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Questions for a training manager on management development – Steve Mosley


1. What do you think are the crucial generic management skills?

Team Management/Development Skills, Assertiveness, Delegation, Time Management, Financial/Business Awareness and crucially Honesty & Trust.

2. Do you think that all management skills can be taught?


3. How do you see the relation between management and leadership?

They are the same thing.

4. How can leadership be developed?

Experience, Training, Opportunity.

5. Management in the UK is getting a bad press at the moment. What are currently the main challenges for managers?

Credibility, Getting Results, Honesty & Trust.

6. Do you think formal training should be available to all levels of management?


7. What style(s) of management development does your organisation use?

Training & Coaching Sessions.

8. What do you look for in choosing management development programmes?

I don’t, I create them in house to suit needs of individuals or groups.

9. How do you focus management development on individual needs?

Listen to Employees & Managers

10. Do employees need to learn to be managed?

No, a good manager will manage a varied team well.

On a general point, far far too much emphasis is being put on how skillful the trainer is, what the latest thinking is and what the latest buzzwords are. This is great for “training/personnel” professionals but not much help to the ultimate aim of improving the individual's performance in the business.

Getting back to basic good information/advice and an open honest approach to development is in my view the best way to help performance.

Say goodbye to Holistic Blended poppycock and get back to specifics. (That’s my soap box bit – sorry!!)


Steve Mosley
Group Training Manager
William Wilson Ltd

You can read other views from training managers on management development:

Janis Cording

Alexandra Sneyd

Niall Gavin

What is your experience of management development? Post your comments below, or email us to answer these questions or submit a contribution.


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