“The survey results mirror what we see with our clients. Executives face a huge challenge. They need their leaders to help drive transformation of their business, but these very leaders need to be transformed as well. The question is how, especially when you think of the scale that’s needed,” Ray Carvey, executive vice president of corporate learning and international, at Harvard Business Publishing, said. “With the new model of virtual leadership development, organizations can now reach many more leaders, including middle managers or those in distant locations who may not have had development opportunities like this before.”
While the survey found that face time with instructors and mentors is still important, increasing comfort with a wide variety of technologies is paving the way for greater adoption of virtual programs. For example, 65% are familiar to extremely familiar with web conferencing and online meeting software. 27% are equally familiar with MOOCs (Massive, Open, Online Courses).
Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning has first-hand knowledge of this shift in how corporate leadership development is delivered. The company has seen 70% growth for its Leadership Direct program, a blended virtual approach that helps build leadership capability across much larger and geographically distributed populations. Leadership Direct program clients are able to customize learning modules that focus on essential areas such as strategy, innovation, customer orientation, business acumen, and other critically important topics. In the past year alone, more than 2,000 leaders from 70 countries on 6 continents have participated in the programs.
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