Good and effective leadership is the ability to motivate, inspire, engage and build respect with others. Leadership, like many other soft topics which are classed as critical skills, is a very tough nut to crack. Leadership training games are always available but they only do so much in terms of practicality and effectiveness. There is only so much theory you can learn about a soft skill before you actually need to bite the bullet and head out to the real world to practice your newly-found knowledge.
Therein lies the challenge: to practice leadership skills, you need people to lead and these people (be it lower management or freelance employees) may not be immediately available. And to top it off, if you turn out to be a poor/ineffective leader, you risk widespread damage among the team.
So how can we improvise on leadership training skills? Does gamification and game based training actually make a difference or is it just a fad that’s rising in popularity? Or to put it in another way, how can a game produce a better leader? Let’s have an in-depth analysis of how game based training could make a difference in your organization.
Here are the top three areas where we believe games can benefit leadership development:
- Allowing practicing of learned skills.
- Observing developing and emerging leadership skills.
- Assessing leadership capabilities.
The unexpected costs of ineffective leadership
As complexity and disruption continue to grow, it is becoming harder to define one “right way” to lead an organization. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, and what worked yesterday could most certainly fail tomorrow. Leadership is a tool to develop throughout every department of every organization. Anarchy and turmoil will continue to prevail even if the workforce is well-equipped but lacks leadership or management to guide them through tasks.
- Defining the role
The experience and interactivity are consistently changed throughout the entire simulation by keeping learners on their toes. Users are in an everyday environment like an office scenario with specific roles and tasks allocated to them and this only can be accomplished with a collaborative effort from all team members. This is a great eye-opener on how each of the team members set about working individually and reading their environments.
- Introduction of multiple goals and tasks
As in the real world, leaders have to balance different priorities and goals. Through a mix of personal goals and tasks, leadership management skills are enhanced such as to manage multiple employees making the most efficient use of their time.
- Solid foundation
With the help of subject matter experts, any predefined training material or absolutely new content can be delivered without any kind of gaps in the training content
Leadership is about getting others to do things by creating an environment whereby enabling progress is possible. Influencing skill is an essential ability team members require, in order to ensure a high score.
Problem-solving is a core component of the game. A definition of problem-solving is that an individual or a team applies knowledge, skills, and understanding to achieve the desired outcome(s) in an unfamiliar situation. Problem-solving is central to many games and eventually could lead to high retention rates amongst employees along with extremely high interactivity, impressiveness, and fun!