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The workplace environment that managers are facing has changed. The world has become more complex and volatile than previously and the speed of this change in most industries appears to be accelerating. Correspondingly, the skills needed by leaders to succeed have also changed, with more sophisticated and adaptive thinking required.
The learning and development industry, as well as academia, has spent a number of decades focused on what makes a great leader. However, the rapidly changing environment means this is no longer just a leadership challenge (what good leadership looks like); it is a development challenge (what causes people to grow). Most managers have become experts on the topic of leadership, but relative novices on the process of development.
For the past several decades, classroom based training has been the dominant method for developing leaders in organisations. Yet, in the last fifteen years many organisations have begun rebalancing their development programs in order to address some of the limitations of classroom based training which include:
- The difficulty of removing leaders from work for long periods of time
- The lack of ‘transfer’ back to the workplace
- The inability of ‘content’ trainings to produce behaviour change
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nick Petrie is JumpShift’s Research Advisor and is a Senior Faculty member with the Center for Creative Leadership’s Colorado Springs campus.
Nick is from New Zealand and has significant international experience having spent ten years living and working in Japan, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Norway and Dubai. Before joining CCL, he ran his own consulting company and spent the last several years developing and implementing customised leadership programs for senior leaders around the world. Nick holds a masters degree from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees in business administration and physical education from Otago University in New Zealand.
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