8 Inspiring Leadership Training Ideas
Your office’s conference room isn’t the only option for bringing your leadership training ideas to life. Think outside of those four walls with a quick search on Peerspace, an online resource that makes booking event venues fun and easy. Just like Airbnb, the platform allows hosts in your local area to list their space for rent. Each space — whether it’s a loft, studio, art gallery, or even a warehouse — is available for rent by the hour. To add on a catering service, as well as furniture or A/V gear rentals, reach out to the Peerspace Concierge team for assistance.
So with lunch and the venue covered, what will you do for your next corporate event? Leadership training events can involve a faraway retreat or an in-office activity, but they all have one thing in common: meaningful, constructive activities that will help prepare your team leaders for greatness. So if you believe leaders are made, not born, here are several inspiring leadership training ideas you can implement today.
1. Sharpen active listening skills
Active listening is a crucial skill for anyone in a leadership role. There are several ways to practice active listening. The classic game of telephone is a simple way to practice, but you can also branch out and try a guessing game. Ask everyone to pair up and take turns being the speaker and the listener. The speaker will describe a place without naming it, and the listener will have to pick up enough clues to be able to guess which place they are talking about. You can switch it up and ask the speaker to describe a movie or another well-known subject as well.
2. Get in touch with corporate values
Every company has a set of values, and notable leaders will exemplify those values. Try an activity that will get everyone thinking about implementing company values in the workplace. Assign each staff member a value (or, if your team is larger, break everyone into teams). Ask each individual or team to come up with a few practical real-world examples of how those values can be put to work in the office.
3. Host a feedback session
A dynamic leader needs to be able to take constructive criticism and be empathetic toward staff members. This activity will involve more than just those in leadership roles. Gather the rest of the staff and ask them to share their comments and concerns with the leaders. This can be conducted as a Q&A as well, with the leaders sitting at the front of the room as “panelists.” This honest, open dialogue will allow leaders to practice handling feedback and responding appropriately.
4. Identify excellent leadership qualities
Everyone has role models they look up to for inspiration. Ask each staff member to share their favorite leaders. They can be real or fictional (like General Leia from Star Wars). Give everyone a whiteboard space or poster paper on which they can draw their leader and write down a bullet list of their leadership qualities. Then, ask everyone to go around and present their leaders and explain how they themselves can exemplify those same leadership qualities in their work.
5. Host a brainstorm session
Involve the entire staff when you implement leadership training ideas. Gather everyone around a room and ask them to write an idea on paper (it can be for improving the office culture, workflow, or anything they can think of). Then ball it up, and throw it into the center of the room so that it is kept somewhat anonymous. Encourage everyone to write whatever they want, no matter how outrageous it seems.
The leaders in the room will then pick up and unfold each idea and write it on a whiteboard (or type it in a Word document and then project it). Work together to determine which ideas are feasible and come up with a plan for incorporating those ideas. This will help them demonstrate that they take their team’s ideas into consideration, are willing to listen, and know how to be sensible about incorporating new ideas.
6. Switch up the venue
If a leadership training retreat is just not in the budget, you can still treat your team to an exciting adventure outside of the office! Peerspace can help you book a fun, creative space to host your training event. You can choose from modern houses, outdoor patios, galleries, theaters, warehouses, and more. You just might discover a hidden gem in your area that you never knew existed.
7. Take an online leadership training session
Online leadership training tools are affordable and can offer insightful information. So why not host a webinar “watch party”? Gather everyone in a conference room, then have coffee and bagels or lunch catered as you all watch the webinar and take notes. After the webinar, ask everyone to share what they learned and how they will apply it to their role.
8. Bring games into the mix
Games are excellent, engaging learning tools, and they can double as effective leadership training ideas. Here are a few games for your entire staff, designed to strengthen leadership skills:
Good leaders get to know their team. Host a classic icebreaker game like two truths and a lie or the one-word game, where employees go around the table and share how they are feeling with one word that doesn’t necessarily have to be a word that describes an emotion. For more ice-breaker ideas, check out this blog.
This game can be a silly way to test leaders’ knowledge and attention to detail. It can involve fun facts like staff members’ birthdays, names of their pets, favorite colors, inside jokes, and more.
The object of this game is to correctly rank which items would be most important for survival if you were shipwrecked. (The US Coast Guard provides that information.) The team leader(s) will be elected to help the group come to a consensus on the item ranking.
Everyone who’s in charge needs to have empathy for their subordinates, as well as be adept at listening and understand how to make decisions wise decisions that impact both the company and tea,. These leadership training ideas will help your leaders sharpen those important skills and have a good time while doing it.