Collaborative and Cohort-Based Leadership Development is Critical for Success

Developing great leaders is difficult. Every year, employers invest more time and resources into leadership development than any other human capital management function, according to Brandon Hall Group research. But only 33% of organizations say their leadership development is effective in producing more leaders capable of driving business results.

To improve leadership development’s impact, organizations must escape the constraints of event-based learning, which pulls people away from their jobs and restricts the collaboration and reinforcement needed to drive behavior change. 

Collaborative and social learning technology enables employers to deliver more effective learning experiences at scale to a broader set of leaders, from the C-Suite to the front lines. Read more about it in this eBook.

Brandon Hall Group research shows that a majority of employers believe these strategies are important to improve leader training:

A fully developed collaborative learning platform empowers organizations to leverage all of those strategies and more. But only 28% of organizations say their technology solutions for leadership development are very well developed, according to Brandon Hall Group’s study, HCM Technology: How to Transform HR into a Digital Powerhouse.

Investment in technology that reduces dependence on event-driven learning and enables contextualized learning experiences is critical to developing more great leaders in the hybrid work environment. 

Online learning, such as VILT and eLearning, can introduce new concepts, behaviors and skills, but does not effectively reinforce the learning or allow practice and discussion.

Leadership is the ultimate context-driven capability, requiring a blend of cognitive, empathetic and practical behaviors and competencies. Collaborative learning fosters a dynamic learning culture that engages learners, promotes accountability, and makes learning across the organization more scalable, applicable and dynamic.

With collaborative and social learning technology, organizations can deliver more effective learning experiences at scale to a broader set of leaders. These experiences include: 

  • Customizing and aligning your leader development to your business priorities 
  • Application of new behaviors and skills 
  • Ongoing peer discussion and collaboration 
  • Team-based projects to apply leadership concepts
  • Coaching 
  • Mentoring

-Claude Werder, Senior VP and Principal HCM Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.