• Allows managers to talk through sensitive strategies and challenges with someone other than a boss or subordinates.
• Creates camaraderie and an increased sense of community among managers.
• Contributes to a culture of continuous learning, helping develop managers’ interpersonal and communication skills.
• Helps managers improve coaching skills while coaching their peers.
• Improves cross-functional networks by connecting leaders from different teams.
If your business has more than a handful of people leaders, consider creating a peer group for managers to connect around their leadership roles. Programs that make managers feel connected don’t have to be expensive or difficult to implement. Community-building for managers can be as informal as brown bag lunches where managers take turns presenting on management topics or ask for input on problems. Manager communities can also be more structured; they might involve regularly scheduled sessions facilitated by HR or a leadership development specialist, or organized peer coaching between managers to help them achieve their goals.
If you’re at a startup with few managers, supporting your managers to find community might mean looking outside the company. Invest in the growth and professional fulfillment of your leaders by sending them to management and leadership development trainings where they can learn from and network with managers from other organizations. Other options include sponsoring manager involvement in industry-specific or manager-focused professional groups.
Whether managers connect with peers within their organization or externally, companies have a lot to gain when managers know and support each other.
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