One of the least spoken roles of a manager is regarding the development of an employee. There are tonnes of written stuff about the role of a manager in planning and evaluation work but not much help in how should a manager really help his employees to develop.
The manager must first realise that the development of his/her employee is part of the manager's role. Most managers think it is the onus of the employee to develop oneself and the organization's role to provide the learning input. However, linking both these becomes the role of the manager. By focusing on giving assignments and work to help translate theoretical classroom learning into practice, managers can help both the employee and organization truly utilise learning.
The manager must also focus on continually having developmental discussions (in addition to more frequent performance related discussions) on focusing the employee's thoughts and effort on long term growth and performance.
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