Developing leadership skills with eLearning content
June 21, 2018
Successful companies have one major thing in common: excellent leaders. These leaders not only have vision, great communication and people skills but also vast knowledge about their industries. Some of today's most powerful organizations, including Apple, Amazon and Salesforce have highly-skilled, charismatic leaders at their helms. Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos and Marc Benioff respectively continue to set the pace for their companies, and they're the first to pride themselves on successes or recognize failures.
Increasingly, however, a leadership gap is forming globally—according to a LinkedIn study, 85 percent of executives worldwide do not have confidence in their leadership pipelines. This is problematic, because a lack of leadership succession preparation can result in a number of issues, such as poor retention across the organization.
As existing leaders prepare to retire or leave the company, it's critical to groom proteges that are ready to take over. But if a new generation of leaders is not properly trained, they will quickly find themselves overwhelmed, and either abandon their posts or become lackluster leaders, which can trickle down and cause frustration for other employees. According to a Gallup poll of more than one million U.S. workers, the top reason that people leave their jobs is because of bad leadership—this turnover is costly, and companies can't afford it.
Developing leadership skills among employees takes commitment and investment on the part of the company and can prove challenging, but by providing workers with relevant eLearning content that takes some of the guesswork out of leadership, companies can send their future leaders on the right path.
Types of eLearning For Managers
Companies can start developing employees into leaders through leadership courses and content, made available on an eLearning platform. This material can teach future leaders everything from communication skills, team building and mentoring, to conflict management, delegating, mentoring, critical thinking, transparency and adaptability.
When choosing an eLearning platform to invest in, select one that allows your employees to first identify leadership skill gaps before putting development plans into motion. HR teams or other organizational leaders can also help start new manager training by setting goals for select employees and then empowering them to reach certain milestones and benchmarks.
It's then critical to provide learning courses that help workers develop leadership skills at work, and reach their full potential. The right eLearning platform is one that provides employees with personalized leadership courses, provides them with ways to learn the core skills they'll need to move forward and enables them to carve their own path with content they curate themselves, too. eLearning platforms should also give employees the opportunity to discover development opportunities and share their career preferences.
As employees undergo management training, organizational leaders and HR teams should be in constant contact with them through the eLearning platform to ensure that workers are staying on the right path to success. They can also offer valuable mentoring through the platform directly, and avoid having time-consuming in-person meetings.
But, because developing leadership skills cannot occur without real-world practice, one of the most important features of a strong eLearning platform should be that it allows employees to practice leading their teams on a small scale, with guidance. This way, leaders-in-training can use the platform to not only learn, but also manage group projects and offer useful courses to other employees as a leadership trial run.
Setting up Your Future Leaders Today
When employees gain leadership skills through an eLearning platform, they are empowered to take the reigns of their own career journeys. With an intuitive platform that prepares them for leadership positions step-by-step, they can train for new responsibilities at an appropriate pace, instead of having to learn quickly on the job after being thrusted into a leadership role. By developing leadership skills in today's workforce, organizations are contributing to effective leadership succession and are future-proofing their companies.
Do you want to develop strong managers? Try out our three complementary leadership courses, How to Develop a Winning Culture of Continuity and Ownership to Achieve Success, Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe and Delegate to Improve Your Team's Performance.