Henry Butters
By Henry Butters on May 18, 2023

2023: Emerging Trends and Best Practices in Leadership Development

Leadership - it's the heartbeat of every successful organisation. But here's the catch: despite the jaw-dropping $366 billion invested in leadership development programs globally every year, many of them fall disappointingly short of their intended impact. It’s time to change that narrative.  

Read on as we explore the emerging trends and best practices in leadership development that you need to take your leadership development programmes to the next level.  


Context, not content. 

In the ever-evolving landscape of leadership development, one thing is clear: a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn't cut it.  

Programmes must address the specific context and unique needs of each organisation and its prospective leaders. Generic, off-the-shelf programs may provide valuable insights and theories, but they often lack the necessary customisation to truly make an impact. 

By showing a commitment to customisation companies can ensure that leaders receive the support and guidance they need to excel in their unique business environments. In turn, maximising the RoI and impact your investment into training makes.  


Experiential Learning: Making Leadership Development Tangible 

It may sound simple, but leaders need more than just theoretical knowledge to thrive. To drive meaningful results employees must have the opportunity to practise the skills that will make a difference. This is where experiential learning comes into play. 

Studies show that traditional training methods, such as lectures and presentations, have limited effectiveness when it comes to knowledge retention. According to the National Training Laboratories, learners retain only 5% of the information when passively listening. In contrast, when they engage in hands-on practice, their retention rates skyrocket to 75% or higher. This underscores the power of experiential learning and its ability to create a lasting impact. 


Cultural Alignment: Unlocking Leadership Potential 

Effective leadership development must go beyond just honing skills and competencies. It should address the crucial aspect of cultural alignment to create a comprehensive and sustainable development journey. Research shows that organisations with strong cultural alignment are more likely to have engaged and high-performing leaders who drive business success. 

According to Gallup's State of the Global Workplace Report, only 15% of employees worldwide are engaged in their jobs. This highlights the pressing need for leadership development programs that not only focus on individual capabilities but also address mindset and cultural challenges within organisations. Without cultural alignment, leadership development efforts may fall short of creating a lasting impact. 


Measurement and Impact 

When it comes to leadership development, organisations need to see tangible results and measure the impact of their initiatives. According to Brandon Hall Group's Leadership Development Benchmarking Study, organisations that invest in measuring the effectiveness of their leadership development programs outperform those that don't. 

By tracking and evaluating the progress of participants, organisations can gain valuable insights into the impact of their leadership development efforts. Assessing skill development, career progression, and team dynamics can provide a comprehensive picture of the program's effectiveness. This data-driven approach allows organisations to make informed decisions and continuously improve their ongoing leadership development strategies. 


Ethical Angel - Unlocking Leadership Potential 

So, how can you implement these solutions at scale? (Brace yourself it’s pitch time...). 

Ethical Angel's learning-with-purpose approach allows you to provide practical, purposeful, and experiential experiences at scale. We build upon this foundational knowledge by providing learners with practical experiences that enable them to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world issues and challenges. By combining theoretical and social learning with Ethical Angel's offering of learning with purpose, learners can gain a more comprehensive and effective learning experience that is grounded in both theory and practice. 

Ethical Angel is breaking new ground in leadership development, revolutionizing the way organisations develop their leaders for long-term success. 

To book a quick call with our team to find out more – click here. 


Published by Henry Butters May 18, 2023
Henry Butters