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Leadership and management training for senior leaders – Have you considered digital learning?

schedule 12th April 2018 by Cameron Glennon in Virtual College

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For any organisation to be successful, it is vital that there is a strong and talented senior leadership team. Motivational leaders are the ones who increase employee engagement, retain top talent, and nurture future leaders to support succession planning. Traditionally, leadership training for senior staff was conducted face-to-face in a conference room along with flip charts and copious amounts of coffee – but is this the only way?

Face-to-face leadership training is expensive and notoriously difficult to fit in with busy schedules. We all know how busy senior leaders are, so aligning diaries is a fairly impossible task most of the time. Not to mention that these sessions are expensive; there is the cost of the session, venue hire, travel, and possibly accommodation, let alone the opportunity cost of having your senior staff all out of the office at once.

The use of digital resources to support leadership and management training provides greater flexibility, allowing learners to decide when, where, and how they access their learning. Many learners actually prefer to learn in the comfort of their own home or office, at their own pace, and without the pressure of keeping up with others in the classroom.

A possible downside to using purely digital content is that the opportunity for social interaction and discussion is lost. While this is certainly a valid concern, an increase in the reach and usability of social media alongside internal discussion platforms and forums helps to combat this. However, if you still feel that social collaboration is pivotal to the success of your programme, it might be worth looking at a blended learning approach. In this instance, digital resources can be used to impart the knowledge content before a face-to-face discussion around application and relevance in your specific context.

Digital resources also help to combat knowledge attrition. It has been scientifically proven that without reinforcement and application, humans begin to lose newly gained knowledge at a fairly rapid pace. Digital resources allow learners to access ‘just in time’ information which helps to reinforce knowledge and is a major advantage over face-to-face delivery methods. They can also double up as refresher resources to help support key knowledge from the modules long after the initial training.

Leadership and management training has come a long way in the past decade but its importance to an organisation’s success has remained the same. The use of digital resources as an alternative to face-to-face training sessions provides a more cost-effective and flexible approach, allowing senior leaders to access content at a time and place that works for them.

If you have any questions on the topic of leadership and management, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to help.

Cameron Glennon Author

Author: Cameron Glennon

Cam is a Learning Technology Consultant interested in bespoke e-learning development. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Lancaster. In his spare time he is a big Bradford City fan and enjoys all sport.

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