Best Leadership Training Programs

The best leadership training programs can train executives to master the leadership skills needed to drive better results for your company. In a complex, globalized world, the demands on organizations for effective leadership have never been higher.

Not surprisingly, companies want the best leadership training programs to equip their leaders to meet and surpass the challenges — and to stay ahead of the competition. Let's be candid, leadership training programs are not hard to find. Business schools all over the world are offering leadership programs to address the corporate demand. But finding the one that's right for you and your organization may be more difficult.

Here are a few tips to help you find the best leadership training programs:

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So where exactly can I find a top business school...?

Leadership training programsThe first place to start if you are seeking the best leadership training programs is to track down the best business schools in the world. Rankings published by such independent, well-regarded sources as the Financial Times, Forbes and The Economist offer comprehensive assessments of top international business schools and their business management training programs.

These regularly updated rankings provide impartial assurance about the quality of institutions offering leadership and management training. To stay at the top, business schools need to continually innovate and update their curriculum and way of operating. In a fast-changing business environment, a top-ranked business school has to adapt its management training to stay relevant.

Is it best to seek a business school with an executive education focus...?

Expect the best leadership training programs from business administration schools that are totally focused on executive education and developing global leaders. Academic theory from universities has its place. But institutions without ivory towers that collaborate directly with companies develop leadership skills training programs that are more closely oriented to the real business world.

You can bet on better results from businesses schools where teachers have to prove themselves every year. When you have a faculty with tenure, there is little incentive to rock the boat — or to innovate. Given the realities of the borderless, international marketplace you should also count on the best returns from institutions that offer executive education with a global perspective. That means they should have a diverse, multicultural faculty and leadership programs that attract participants from all over the world.

But what are the best leadership development programs for me...?

An additional consideration is finding leadership training programs that match your challenges as a business leader. Throughout your career, your management training needs will change, along with your responsibilities.

If you move from a functional role to your first business leadership position you will be seeking different leadership training than an experienced executive who is ready for the next level. Ultimately, leadership is all about understanding people, while motivating and inspiring others. Some of the common elements of best leadership training programs include:

  • A focus on understanding human behaviour
  • Emphasis on self-awareness as a means to improve leadership skills
  • Relevance to issues in the real business world
  • Learning through experience
  • Follow-up support

Leaders programThe best part...?

Leading business schools provide leadership programs with a flexible approach. They offer programs when and how you want them, with post-program support.

They can also provide leadership training adapted to your specific context, with personalized executive leadership coaching as an added plus. Leadership coaching provides one-on-one training that can plumb the depths of your leadership skills, allowing you to work on your weaknesses and maximize your strengths. This is one more feature to expect from the best leadership training programs.

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