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|Photo: Upside Learning (blog)|
The top level typically consists of two groups – the leaders in the making and the leaders/the leadership team. The existing training programs promote the grooming of new (would-be) leaders, and help in keeping a ready set of minds that can be used in case the organisation is in crisis, with little or nothing being done on training the existing leadership team.
A good leader can make a weak plan successful, but a poor leader can wreck even the best plan. That’s why leadership training with or without a fixed talent management program is essential for any organisation to prosper...
Here are 4 tips on designing training for your leadership team.
The what’s-in-it-for-me question needs to be addressed even at leadership levels. Busy schedules, know-it-all attitude, age, and personality, can act as some hindering factors to learning. Making the leader aware of the benefits of taking a course helps in cultivating a positive attitude towards training. Mostly s/he understands this very well but needs to be reminded that it applies to her/him as much as it does to any other staff in the organisation.
Typically the leadership team is very experienced and in a position to actually train other staff. However, listening to other leaders or well-known industry thought leaders could be inspiring even for your leadership team. Short podcasts/vodcasts could be ideal to inspire the leaders in your organisation.
Instructional methods and techniques should be used creatively so that the leadership training is engaging. When providing a skill training, try to include short, interactive course nuggets that involve problem solving and decision making.
- Think ‘mobile’
Mobiles, being personal and always ‘on’, lend themselves as the perfect platform for making information (& training) accessible to the leaders. Creating a place for your leaders to jot down ideas and other ‘flash light’ moments and reflect on them is quite useful too. I personally use ‘Evernote’ for this.
- If your leadership team is a large one, social networking
capabilities of smartphones should be leveraged to get them connected,
and encourage sharing and learning from other senior leaders/ peers.
Source: Upside Learning (blog)