I'm a Manager who would like to be promoted to Director in the near future. While reflecting on how I've developed in my role with my current company, I've realized that the only development/coaching I've received has been on how to interact with the difficult personalities on our leadership team. I know that messaging is important, but this feels really specific to individual's bad behavior.

Is this common for someone who is looking to move from Manager to Director?

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Honestly, that is the most difficult thing you will likely encounter at work so great that you can check that off. I think the next most important skill to learn is communication: how to listen and understand others' goals and communicate your own goals clearly.

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This is not common, but it is possible. It's important to be able to coach and develop others on their messaging and interactions, regardless of the personalities involved. However, if you're looking to move up to a director role, you may want to focus on developing a broader range of skills.

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Thank you for your response! It feels good to have my concerns validated.
I agree that messaging and branding for myself and my department is a critical part of being a leader, but it's my boss's sole focus for me. (And ironically, I'm already pretty good at it. The feedback I'm getting is splitting hairs.) I'm going to find a coach who can help me develop the essential skills for being a leader at the next level.

I mean I guess it would depend on how long you've been in the role? It's fairly common I guess to have to deal with that, is there something else you wish you'd learneD?

Some companies don’t prioritize formal manager training- just learn as you go. If this is something you’d feel is beneficial, look up classes from a local employers association and ask your company if the training can be expensed/covered.

You still have a chance. It's not really needed that one should have a formal training. But you can do so if you still have the time and resources.

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