I believe the best way to train leaders is to facilitate discussions. Whether I’m in front of new supervisors or seasoned veterans, I recognize I’m not the smartest person in the room. Sure, I know some things about what it takes to be a successful leader; I provide best practices and share stories that uncover the art and science of leadership. But my trainings are never death-by-PowerPoint. Nobody wants that. Some trainings I do are 2-hour sessions spread over 2-3 months. Other times we get as much done as we can in a small window. It’s what works for you. Or, in one case, for the U.S. Navy.
I provide leadership training at the Office of Naval Intelligence. These are full-day sessions that give new and not-so-new leaders the latest theory and practice in emotional intelligence, communications, value-based leadership, and more. If you were in the room you would appreciate the dialog. We talk about motivation, accountability, engagement, ownership, feedback. These are officers and civilians who are successful, smart, and passionate about what they do. They just want to be even better. Reminds me of a saying by the former college basketball coach, John Wooden, who quipped, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” Brilliant.