ARTICLE SHARE: Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders

Harvard Business Review examines what factors really develop good leaders (and it doesn’t happen through classroom curricula). Their research shows leadership skills transfer to the workplace when they’re taught experientially. The key is to create experiences that build emotional circuits through trying and working through new problems so that when people are back in the workplace setting, they’re able to recall those moments and skills.

We believe the best way to simulate this kind of skill-building is through adventurous experiences in natural and urban settings. See how we create experiential leadership programs here.

ARTICLE SHARE: The New Science of Building Great Teams

In this study by Harvard Business Review, researchers prove communication to be the single most telling predictor of a team’s success. “Not only that, but it is as significant as all the other factors—individual intelligence, personality, skill, and the substance of discussions—combined”. When put to the test, researchers correctly predicted which team would win a business plan contest based on their measured communication abilities.

Through the study, several defining characteristics of highly functional teams were identified:

  1. Group discussion consists of equal and succinct contribution by all.
  2. Conversations occur most often face-to-face and in an animated manner.
  3. Team members seek each other out for discussion, rather than relying on the team leader.
  4. Members seek information outside of the team to provide fresh perspective in problem-solving.

Because of the cache of research proving the importance of communication, CBST Adventures designs its team building experiences around these skills. Events stretch individual’s communication, interpersonal, and problem solving skills to create lasting relationships amongst innovative and engaged teams.

Harvard Business Review Emphasizes the ‘Experiential’ Component in Leadership Development

Harvard Business Review (HBR) recently wrote an article titled ‘Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders.’ It’s a terrific read that highlights how too many leadership development programs are purely classroom based. As a result, the leadership training received isn’t very applicable and is difficult to put into practice.

We don’t want to spoil the article for you but the first point that HBR asserts for how to improve leadership development programs is to ‘make [them] experiential.’ We couldn’t agree more and such is the reason why we offer ‘Experiential Leadership’ programs designed to provide real-life leadership and management training to executives, VPs, directors, and manager-level individuals. You can learn more about those programs here if you’re interested.

In the meantime, definitely give the the HBR article a read which you can find here.

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