Magazine article Talent Development

Leaders as Teachers: High-Octane Teaching

Magazine article Talent Development

Leaders as Teachers: High-Octane Teaching

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Many organizations now use some form of a leaders-as-teachers approach as part of their training and learning initiatives. Whether deployed on a small or large scale, this approach helps organizations to

* drive business results

* stimulate the learning and development of leaders and associates

* improve the leadership skills of those who teach

* strengthen the organizational culture and communications

* promote positive business and organizational change

* reduce costs by leveraging top talent.

The leaders-as-teachers process can be effective, efficient, and economically sound. Programs and knowledge sharing can be made available for pennies on the dollar when compared with many other approaches. There are five categories and more than 50 ways to involve leaders as teachers, coaches, and mentors. Implemented well, these five categories are cost effective and powerful in practice:

Identifying learning needs and learning solution design. Involving leader-teachers as subject matter, business, and organizational experts can reduce costs without sacrificing the quality of programming and learning services. Complement your organization's internal content and instructional leaders' expertise with carefully selected external resources.

Teaching live. Whether teaching alone, in pairs, or in teams, or working with an external partner, high-octane teaching and learning can take place while realizing significant cost savings.

Teaching through the use of media and technology. …

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