Unlocking the potential of virtual leadership training

Virtual leadership training has become a popular option for developing strong leaders in an era of remote work and virtual communication.

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Effective leadership has become more critical in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business landscape. Leaders must navigate challenges, inspire their teams and drive success – all while adapting to new technologies and working methods.

One key tool for developing strong leaders is leadership training. In the past, this often meant in-person workshops, retreats, and coaching sessions. However, with the rise of remote work and virtual communication, virtual leadership training has become an increasingly popular option.

Virtual leadership training offers several benefits over traditional in-person methods. First, it is more flexible and accessible, allowing participants to learn from anywhere via the internet. This can save time and money on travel and make it easier for busy professionals to fit training into their schedules.

Second, another advantage of virtual leadership training is leveraging technology to enhance the learning experience. Online platforms can facilitate interactive discussions, group activities and simulations that simulate real-world scenarios. These tools can help participants develop critical leadership skills such as communication, collaboration and decision-making.

“The experience is, already before the pandemic, that the virtual training has an anchoring effect that, when combined with face-to-face training, we get much more conversion to action. So, this string thinking about it as a learning journey, rather than events, is a key feature of doing virtual training”, Dr. Torben Nørby states about virtual training.

Virtual leadership training, its challenges and its valuable benefits

Of course, virtual leadership training also has its challenges. Participants may need the energy of an in-person event to be able to focus on distractions or feel more engaged. However, with the proper facilitation and design, these challenges can be mitigated and even turned into opportunities for learning and growth.

When considering virtual leadership training, choosing a programme that aligns with your goals and needs is essential. Look for providers with virtual training experience who can demonstrate a track record of success. It is also important to consider the content and format of the training, as well as any support or resources provided before, during and after the programme.

In conclusion, virtual leadership training is valuable for developing strong leaders in today’s fast-paced business environment. By leveraging technology and flexible learning options, virtual training can help participants develop critical skills and drive success for themselves and their organisations.

In this video, Dr. Torben Nørby discusses the benefits of virtual training for leaders. He explains that virtual training has been around for years and has become increasingly popular during the pandemic. The main advantage of virtual training is that it allows for shorter, more interactive sessions spread over time, creating a learning journey rather than a one-off event. This approach also leads to higher levels of commitment and application from participants.

Dr. Torben Nørby emphasises that People & Performance’s approach to virtual training involves pre- and post-assignments that tie everything together and ensure that what is learned is converted into action. He notes that this approach can reach leaders worldwide and that the evidence and feedback gathered from employees and clients can anchor the training within the organisation.

While face-to-face training has advantages, Dr. Torben Nørby explains that virtual training can go further in certain areas, such as reaching remote leaders and facilitating follow-up. He also notes that the virtual training facilitated by People & Performance has successfully taught softer skills, such as strength-based feedback and coaching, even during the pandemic.

Combining virtual and face-to-face training creates a powerful foundation for sustaining behaviour change and improving performance.


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