What Bosses Need to Get Better At (According to Companies)

March 3, 2017

Coaching is the number-one skill companies are spending money on to improve in their managers.

In North America alone, organizations spend more than $140 billion a year on learning and development. Why are they spending all that money?

Mostly, to improve their managers, according to LinkedIn research. The majority of that $140 billion-plus spent each year is to make bosses better.

But how exactly are companies looking to improve their managers? In other words, what are the skills companies believe their managers need to improve the most?

To find out, we surveyed 500 learning and development leaders across all industries to uncover the managerial skills they are looking to improve the most. Here’s a list of the top nine skills, with each one linked to a LinkedIn Learning course that teaches it:

  1. Coaching
  2. Leadership Communication 
  3. Teams and Collaboration
  4. Employee Engagement
  5. Strategic Planning
  6. Organizational Culture 
  7. Leadership Capacity
  8. Executive Leadership
  9. Crisis Management

Takeaways from the list

What’s interesting about the list is that coaching is at the top. Clearly, organizations want their bosses to get the absolute most out of the people they manage, and they believe coaching is the best way to get that done – for good reason.

After that, we see communication. Third is collaboration, which mostly comes down to great communication as well.

Two things here – first off, bosses obviously need to work on their communication skills. Secondly, there’s a push for organizations to become more transparent, and communicating properly is a big part of that.

For managers reading this list, these are the skills that companies generally believe you need to get better at. It behooves you to take the initiative to improve these skills through some sort of learning.

For organizations, the information is likely nothing new, as you are likely looking to improve these skills already. For you, it likely comes down to finding the best learning solution for your organization.

Looking for strategies on improving your L&D program? Download our Workplace Learning Report today for free, where we surveyed 500 L&D leaders to find what’s working (and what’s not).