You might have heard that leaders are only as good as their teams, but one can argue that the opposite is also true: teams are only as good as their leaders.
Great leaders are able to transform organizations, enhance value creation and engage their people, inspiring them to believe in themselves and to deliver the best results. A leaders’ job is to guide, to inspire and to empower as much as it is to model, to help and to clarify. A successful leader has the ability to tackle complex challenges, make strategic decisions with confidence, and develop a team relationship where collaboration and learning from each other are central pieces. Also, a leader must be able to adapt to new situations and be resilient. That said, leadership training is essential for any business. If you equip your leaders with the skills they need to do it right, you will build a successful business and a happy and strong-performing team.
So, how do you create a robust leadership development programme?
Modern leadership training programmes are complex and highly demanding. They include challenging experiences, team-building routines as well as individual coaching, mentoring and, of course, lectures on different leadership subjects. This means that a consistent leadership development programme must be tailored to your specific audience, combining different pedagogical approaches and choosing the right delivery models, according to the information you want to convey and the competencies you want to develop.
Although the development of leadership training programmes is a subject that may encompass different delivery models, in this article we will share the principles we follow when producing video training courses, as they are relevant regardless the model you choose to work with.
We cannot use video to promote a “climbing the Everest” experience where future leaders are taken to the limit, but we certainly have the ability to drive change through it, using video to convey information about leadership subjects and reinforce knowledge retention. Let’s see how to do it.
Leadership training needs assessment
Before you jump right in and start creating different leadership courses, you need to think about the specific competencies you wish to develop and evaluate what the actual needs are: a leadership training needs assessment will allow you to identify the skills, knowledge, and attitudes you want to promote, as well as define levels of leadership within the company, meaning identifying needs according to level (entry versus senior positions), roles, career aspirations and teams’ dynamics.
We also recommend that you align your company culture before training. When you start putting together learning curricula, make sure your material will revolve around your company strategy and goals as much as its values, mission and vision. When it comes to leadership, these are your building blocks, and you must ensure they are crystal clear to everyone.
Define learning objectives
An easy trick you can follow to design your programme ensuring that your learning objectives are measurable and aligned with your goals, is to answer the question: By the end of this training, leaders will be able to… You can then transform these objectives into subjects which you will then group into modules, topics and paragraphs. These learning goals must mirror your training needs and can cover different content according to the competencies you want to develop.
Content is king
You may already know this, but we cannot stress it enough: content is key. It must be relevant and up to date to ensure effective learning. Your message needs to be easy to understand and bullet-proof. Your training should highlight the benefits of the course and what your learners can expect to gain from it. If your audience sees your training as an investment, they are more likely to complete it and apply their learnings in real life.
Choose the right training model
Then you must also choose an efficient training model, a format which is effective, memorable, and enticing. Video can give you all that, as it is a very flexible format: it works for different types of messages and it allows for easy, bite-sized lessons which adapt better to your leaders’ busy schedule. Having your video training stored online, available 24/7 and responsive to any device, is a must these days. This means an online video academy is a convenient and scalable solution. It is very important to use a training platform that is simple and attractive: technology must be an aid and not a barrier.
Here’s an article on why use video in training, from an Instructional designer’s perspective.
Get leadership involved
Finally, we encourage you to involve your leaders in the design and roll-out of your leadership training programme as much as possible. Their feedback along the way will be key to make sure that your leadership programme is a success.
As you can see, the steps to follow to create an effective leadership training are not as hard as you might think. And, if great leaders are the driving force behind your company’s growth, effectively training your people will have a very positive impact on your company.
You may also find interesting:
How to create a video training course: the step by step guide (eBook)
12 tips to choose the right Training Platform (article)
What is instructional design and why you should care about it (article)
Why online video training is the smart choice for your business (article)
Using video in online training: the Instructional Design perspective (article)
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