A main goal of managing is developing your direct reports. This involves not only coordinating their work in a way so your organization’s business objectives are met, but also empowering them and providing opportunities for them to meet their own professional development objectives. This course provides an overview of the importance and benefits of developing your direct reports as a manager, and tactical strategies for doing so. Specifically, this involves an examination of the steps required to assess the development needs of your employees by differentiating individual requirements. Also covered is the importance and methods for creating a development plan with your employees based on their individual requirements, and ways to support the development plan by creating opportunities for practice and growth in skills and abilities. Finally, this course introduces ways to continue supporting employees through follow up and monitoring, and ongoing and timely feedback. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.