While we customize our approach to each client/situation, we use the following four approaches to varying degrees in virtually all trainings:
Basic principles of group/organizational psychology and specific techniques for key leadership skills such as team contracting, decision-making, communication and conflict resolution are best taught in a classroom setting before being implemented in the “real world”. All of our classroom training sessions are highly interactive and emphasize making concepts relevant to the organizational/institutional domains in which trainees participate.
Effective leadership skills cannot be taught by simply providing intellectual training and concepts. Actualized leadership is action-based. Our experiential programs ensure that all trainees are placed into leadership roles in which they can learn (often through failure!). Whether through a wilderness expedition, community service initiative or a pre-existing program within your organization, all of our programs are designed to give students hands-on leadership experiences.
Project & Team Facilitation
The most effective environment for applying newfound leadership skills is in a “live fire” situation in which there are real risks and real consequences. Whenever possible we integrate our didactic leadership curriculum into real projects in which the participants are actively involved.
Assessments & Benchmarking
The business adage that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” holds true for the development of leadership skills. The first step to improving leadership competencies is knowing where a trainee’s strengths and areas of improvement lie. This provides a solid foundation for the development of a personalized learning agenda. The personalized learning agenda is unique for each participant. Exli fosters community and collaboration within organizations by creating a platform in which individuals have the opportunity to help each other integrate their personalized learning agendas into their respective line of work.