Joint Research by Towards Maturity and Skillsoft Reveals the Impact of Leadership Development Technology and Training on Organisational Success

“Driving Leadership Capability” report highlights key factors that differentiate higher achievers
LONDON and CAMBERLEY, UK – 21 November 2018 – New research from Towards Maturity uncovers how high performing learning organisations are leveraging learning technologies and new leadership development methodologies to increase access to learning, flexibility and drive real capability impact. The research, supported by Skillsoft, draws on Towards Maturity’s 2018 Leadership Pulse, as well as independent data from more than 700 L&D professionals and 10,000+ learners. Towards Maturity’s new report, “Driving Leadership Capability,” highlights four key factors that differentiate higher achievers:
  • Leadership development done well does not just impact learning and development; it also helps organisations achieve stronger performance on their key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Through a blended approach to leadership training, more individuals get the opportunity to show their leadership capabilities and progress within the organisation.
  • Learning technologies play a vital role in the successful development of leadership capabilities. Organisations that use learning technologies and tools to develop their managers and leaders tend to facilitate online communities and learning groups, which provide learners with continuous access to knowledge and support at times convenient to them.
  • Underpinning the successful use of learning technologies within a blended approach to leadership training is the capability set of the L&D team.
Leadership development is vital to an organisation’s success. Therefore, it is little surprise that the majority of development budgets focus in this area. However, with 49 percent of L&D practitioners saying that leadership development is not viewed as a management priority, L&D needs to fundamentally transform its influence and build partnerships with senior leaders in order to drive necessary change. “There is clear evidence to suggest that innovating and democratising leadership development can uncover hidden talent and accelerate leadership capability. With 45 percent saying there is a significant lack of knowledge in L&D about the potential use of technology in leadership development and 45 percent saying they face a cultural bias towards classroom training, L&D professionals will continue to face challenges unless they increase their level of influence and capability across L&D to drive impactful and innovative approaches,” said Jane Daly, chief insights officer, Towards Maturity. Organisations that successfully use learning technologies when developing managers and leaders are 20 percent more likely to enable their leaders to access support at the point of need and improve talent management. Additionally, they are 30 percent more likely to increase learning access and flexibility. High performing organisations that are successful in developing their people into becoming leaders and managers are substantially more likely to have a learning strategy along with a blended learning approach, support workplace performance, develop digital content and have a solid technology infrastructure. Organisations in the top 10 percent of the transformation curve with the most effective learning strategies also have a propensity to actively democratise and engage a broader audience of leaders, creating a leaner-centric approach. Heide Abelli, SVP, Content Product Management at Skillsoft, commented: “The role of leadership development is more critical than ever in today’s fast-paced, exponentially-changing, technology-enabled business context. From this research, Towards Maturity has validated that large-scale leadership development efforts must be radically democratised and aligned to business strategies to meet evolving organization-wide goals and strategies.” Download this Pulse report, Driving Leadership Capability from the website now: For more on the Leadership Pulse, Towards Maturity and Skillsoft are hosting a webinar exploring further into the findings from this new research on Wednesday 12 December 2018. Register today About Towards Maturity Towards Maturity is a team of expert analysts offering 15 years of independent research and specialist advice to the L&D market. We help companies become high-performing learning organisations by applying trusted evidence to analyse, activate and accelerate change. We are proud to lead a vibrant community of practice, supporting leaders and people professionals to make smart learning decisions that deliver real impact. Since 2003, Towards Maturity has championed independent research, uncovering insights that have advanced the world of learning and development. We have built one of the largest global L&D data pools across 60 countries and all industry sectors, continuously finding and sharing what’s working in learning. More than 6,900 leaders and people professionals and 45,000 learners have contributed to our L&D strategic and learner intelligence portfolios. Towards Maturity is part of Emerald, a global publisher committed to helping communities make decisions that count through research that matters. Accelerate your L&D impact Wherever your starting point, we can help you transform your L&D strategy and accelerate your impact. Explore our resourceful website, complete the L&D Health Check, talk to one of our expert analysts or join our proactive community called the ‘learning innovation group’. Find out more about how Towards Maturity can support you: Get fit for the future of learning The Towards Maturity L&D Health Check uniquely analyses where you are now and where you want to be. We also benchmark your insights with the top performers around the globe and help you identify the best route to success that will work for you. The Towards Maturity Health Check is considered one of the most comprehensive independent reviews of how organisations are establishing successful learning strategies in the workplace. Find out more about the Towards Maturity Health Check at: Ambassadors for Change Towards Maturity’s extensive Ambassadors for Change community represents industry suppliers who support the annual research programme, working together to identify and improve effective practice, raising awareness and driving the profession forward. Find out more about our Ambassadors for Change: About Skillsoft Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, delivering beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for modern enterprises. Skillsoft comprises three award-winning solutions that support learning, performance and success: Skillsoft learning content, the Percipio intelligent learning experience platform and the SumTotal suite for Human Capital Management. Skillsoft provides the most comprehensive selection of cloud-based corporate learning content, including courses, videos, books and other resources on Business and Management Skills, Leadership Development, Digital Transformation, Technology and Developer, Productivity and Collaboration Tools and Compliance. Percipio’s intuitive design engages modern learners and its consumer-led experience accelerates learning. 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