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Just In! Watching Videos Does NOT Build Leadership Skills

October 11th, 2018

What’s hot?

Social media platforms have made it easy to record, share, and access instructional videos.  However, research published in Psychological Science* reveals thatmerely watching others could cause people to attempt skills that they might not be ready or able to perform themselves”.








So what?

In today’s time-crunched, digital world, leaders learn through modalities that are different from formal presentations or watching videos.  According to Center for Creative Leadership studies, 70% of leadership learning is self-directed and occurs as a result of actions learners take on the job.  Another 20% results from peer-to-peer coaching and personal networks.

What to do?

Take advantage of how today’s leaders learn. Tap into the power of on-the-job experiences and peer assisted learning by providing leadership development that:

  • Respects the learner’s need to be self-directed by starting every offering with a self-assessment of his/her current skill level.
  • Addresses a specific need. Train to build skills that are needed in-the-moment.
  • Can be accessed by learners wherever they are, whenever they need it – on their mobile devices, tablets or PC’s.
  • Delivers the essential “how-to” in micro-bursts. Zero in on precisely what is needed to solve real-time leadership challenges.  Instead of a week-long workshop on how to manage performance, provide a targeted lesson on “how to give performance feedback that can be heard and acted on”.
  • Engages the learner through practice followed by feedback.
  • Taps into the power of peer learning and coaching – with the opportunity to give and get feedback from colleagues.
  • Includes followup – on-the-job practice and expansion of the skill.

If videos don’t develop leadership skills, what does?  Click here for your free copy of the white paper, “Why micro is the answer to your macro leadership development needs”.


*Michael Kardas, Ed O’Brien. Easier Seen Than Done: Merely Watching Others Perform Can Foster an Illusion of Skill AcquisitionPsychological Science, 2018




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