A curated approach to leadership development
Trends. Market growth. Lifelong learning. Countless areas demand we stay up-to-date with constant change and for leaders, that has never been truer. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Future of Jobs report, 94% of business leaders expect employees to pick up new skills on the job.
"SAIT has a tremendous reputation in this space,” says Keagen Cave, Director, Talent Management at Parkland Corporation. “Upon discovering how SAIT could design a ‘fit for Parkland’ program to meet the development needs of our leaders, we knew we had a trusted partner to deliver on the program.”
Continuous learning can make the difference for an organization, but how do leaders integrate development into their journey?
“Leadership teams are looking to adapt to the changes of the last few years, whether that’s pandemic recovery, hybrid work, digital transformation or workforce retirement,” says Craig Hess, Director of Business Development at SAIT. “For sustainable development, leaders need the opportunity to use their own experience, connections with their colleagues and content that fits their culture.”
Balancing the needs of the business, the team and the leader themselves has led to a curated approach to leadership development founded on six key intelligences: adaptability, emotional, collaborative, digital, social and psychological safety. SAIT’s Leading Beyond Any Title corporate training program combines these with the specific competencies of the organization.
“SAIT spent the time to learn our business, understand our unique challenges and design a leadership development program that meets the needs of our senior leaders," says Cave. “The feedback from the pilot program exceeded our expectations; participants agreed the content was relevant, meaningful and immediately transferrable back to their leadership day jobs. As a result, we are proceeding with the program in 2023 and doubling program attendance with two cohorts. By the end of the year, more than half of our leaders at the Director level will have completed the program.”
The ongoing partnership during training delivery is key to successful outcomes for participants.
“Our absolute focus is the people in the room, so the training is a flexible format, even after the initial design,” says Jennie Gilbert, SAIT Leadership Development Specialist and one of the facilitators for the program. “Our content shifts in real-time as we curate according to an organization’s culture and needs in concert with the participants’ conversation as they work through each intelligence — a lot of learning comes when we’re in the room together.”
For more than 100 years, SAIT has been a leading provider of corporate training solutions and works collaboratively with organizations to design, deliver, manage and sustain talent development solutions.
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