Empathetic leadership has never been so essential. Although it is up for debate if empathetic leadership can truly be “taught,” it can certainly be practiced and refined. Experiential learning — and, specifically, team-based business simulations — are a unique approach to help leaders understand and practice empathetic leadership.
2020 was a tumultuous year, and with tumultuous times comes great learning.
Virtual Leadership is the new norm. What are the skills, attributes, and key considerations for leading in a virtual setting? What do leaders need to do differently in a virtual environment? How does leadership change when team are working remote?
December 2020 looks and feels shockingly similar to March 2020. Covid-19 cases are yet again on the rise, most people are working from home, and social distancing is still mandated. Now there are fewer daylight hours and winter weather is limiting outdoor activities that were a joy and release for many this summer. Time with friends and family that usually happens this time of year is going to be very different, if it can happen at all. As we enter our 10th month of battling Covid-19, many people are beginning to experience Pandemic Fatigue: a shared exhaustion from dealing with the virus, and subsequent restrictions and stresses.
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When we first proposed to some of our clients that they pivot classroom workshops to virtual training, we got more than a few hasty “No, we’ll wait till we can meet in person again” responses. There was a fear that a virtual training might not be as impactful or as engaging as in-person sessions and that, as a result, it would be better to hold off for a few months than to settle for a virtual experience. However, this kind of thinking is doing leaders and businesses a disservice. For one thing, it is still unknown when it will be safe to return to in-person training. And, once it is deemed safe to return, in-person training will almost certainly look different than it did before the pandemic. What we do know is that postponing training based on a wish for the future will result in a missed opportunity to capitalize on the benefits of remote training.
During the summer of 2019, we created an infographic detailing both WHAT leaders learn from a Business Simulation and HOW leaders learn during a business simulation.The rapid push to virtual work has made the summer of 2020 look very different from both a work and life perspective. Yet, while so much else has changed, the impact of a business simulation remains intact. The combination of experiential learning and collaborative exercises in which individuals connect and interact make business simulations the perfect solution for a virtual leadership development experience. Business simulations have eight key elements that make them effective in the virtual setting as they drive interaction and create opportunities for feedback and reflection.