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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

4 Tips on Designing Training for Your Leadership Team

Photo: Amit Garg
Amit Garg, Director - Custom Learning Solutions and Co-founder writes, "Every organisation has a hierarchical system, with different levels that perform different job functions." 

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.
  1. Motivate
    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.
  2. Inspire
    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.
  3. Engage
    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.
  4. 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)