Skillsoft Wins LEAD Award for Exemplary Practices in Leadership Development 

Skillsoft customer Special Olympics recognized for outstanding Leadership Academy program

BOSTON – March 28, 2019Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate learning, today announced that its Sales Enablement team’s “Leadership in Focus” program won 2nd place in the Best Customer Service Leadership Program category of’s prestigious Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) Awards for 2019.

Skillsoft’s “Leadership in Focus” program provided leadership development training to nearly 70 of Skillsoft’s global sales leaders and high-potential field sales personnel. Leveraging in-house design experts and the best design practices observed from its most successful customers, the “Leadership in Focus” program delivered continuous, blended learning utilizing resources from Skillsoft’s vast library of multimodal and microlearning assets, including courses, videos, books and Skillsoft Book Summaries. With John Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership as its guiding framework, the program also featured live leader-led virtual sessions, virtual discussion groups and learning assessments. Ultimately, it was estimated that the program delivered $540,000 in value by saving employee time and reducing/displacing the cost of more expensive training methods, and by developing and enhancing the leadership skills of its people. honored winners for outstanding achievements in leadership development and programs in the categories of Education and Corporate at the LEAD2019 event held at The Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 5. This premier leadership awards program salutes the world's top leadership practitioners and programs and highlights their roles in developing their most important asset—people.

“Skillsoft’s Leadership in Focus program truly embodies the excellence in leadership development that the LEAD Awards seek to spotlight,” said Sue Morton, customer success manager and events strategist, “With an unrelenting focus on people development, the program was exceptionally effective at driving behavior change and skill gain that in turn delivered measurable business value.”

Skillsoft wins LEAD Award

Special Olympics’ Leadership Academy honored

Additionally, Skillsoft customer Special Olympics was awarded 3rd place for Best Global/International Leadership Program and placed in the top 10 for Best Innovation in Deployment of Leadership Programs. Special Olympics’ Leadership Academy provides employees and athlete leaders with and without an intellectual disability across 107 countries with in-person workshops in addition to Skillsoft’s self-directed learning and mobile leadership development support. Skillsoft’s content and Percipio intelligent learning experience platform help the participating leaders around the globe instantly access ideas and solutions to their leadership challenges. Leadership Academy participants have generated $4.5 million in new resources thanks to ideas and knowledge received during the program, built 272 new partnerships around the globe and recruited 40,000+ new athletes.

“We are thrilled and honored that Skillsoft’s Sales Enablement team's ‘Leadership in Focus’ program has been recognized as a LEAD Award winner alongside Special Olympics, a customer using Skillsoft content and Percipio to power an on-demand leadership development program spanning 100+ countries around the world,” stated Chad Gaydos, chief operating officer, Skillsoft. “We are proud to see the growing impact of our solutions to empower leaders to be more authentic, strategic and effective.”

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Skillsoft provides a 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 assists in accelerating learning. The SumTotal suite features four key components built on a unified platform: Learning Management, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management.

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