Virtual Reality for Leadership Training
Leadership training, in general, may denote any training initiatives that aim to equip people with leadership skills. However, a lot of elements constitute these very skills.
A leader needs soft skills like emotional intelligence, change management, conflict management, and communication across all forms, etc., apart from the requisite technical skills.
How can we change the dynamic of this training, and why should we? Let’s understand through this case study.
- Lack of an experiential platform that is designed for learning.
- The constant need to travel and attend designated training sessions.
- Lack of exposure to consistent, repeatable, role-playing activities – especially when it comes to empathizing, conflict resolution, and mentorship.
- No scope for learner feedback and direction.
What Addresses These Challenges?
- An immersive, risk-free environment where professionals can engage and get the feel of real-life interactions
- A virtual training platform that removes any travel needs
- A space to participate in repeated role-playing activities
- Tracking metrics and a database that can review learner performances
For minds to be innovative, the methods that train them must be updated and designed as per the emerging needs. The leaders of tomorrow would do well with an environment that serves their innate learning needs and capabilities while providing them with the requisite freedom to experience novel ways and ‘learn by doing. This is what Virtual Reality can bring to the table.
TNQ InGage Solution
The demands of modern-day leadership make learning and development professionals explore renewed ways to help learners practice and refine their innate skills.
We created a Virtual Reality experience for one of the major FMCG companies in Chennai, known for its tremendous leadership capabilities. Given the evolving business needs, the organization had a thirst to stand out from the competition and create leaders who were a class apart.
We presented the trainees with a unique environment, wherein they could engage and have real-time interactions and role-plays, where they were not expected to have their skills polished at the very outset.
More precisely – they were able to have a firm exposure to different management functionalities such as empathizing, resolving conflict, mentorship, crisis management, etc. They were also able to walk into complex situations and see, feel, and hear how people react to their decisions in a given scenario, reflect on their actions, and make the necessary improvements. The trainers were also able to guide them better, thanks to tracking metrics and an extensive database that can provide learner feedback and direction on specific areas.
Benefits at a Glance
- Real-time engagement in an immersive setting
- Access to a plethora of scenarios that may be tough to replicate in a real-world setting
- Higher retention
- Better assessment of training performance
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