For any organisation to be successful, it is vital that there is a strong and talented senior leadership team. Motivational leaders: increase employee engagement, help to retain top talent and nurture future leaders who will support succession planning. Traditionally, leadership training for senior staff is 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 the majority of the time. Furthermore, these face-to-face sessions are expensive. Not only is there the cost of the session, venue hire, travel and possibly accommodation, but there is the opportunity cost of having your senior staff all out of the office at once.
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 help to combat this. In addition, if digital content is hosted on a learning management system then this is a fantastic way to collaborate.
However, if you still feel that face-to-face 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 for your specific context. If you have any questions on the topic of leadership and management, please don’t hesitate to contact Cameron Glennon at Virtual College at Cameron.Glennon@Virtual-college.co.uk who would be more than happy to help.