The short answer is “Yes”. To prove it, I have produced a series of 20 X 5-minute videos. Each of the 5-minute videos is a stand-alone learning experience in personal development, which is, of course, the very essence of leadership development. Naturally, 20 such learning experiences will grow the benefits exponentially. However, in a world grown cynical about leaders and leadership training, obviously, the claim is going to be received with a healthy dose of scepticism.
According to business media giant, Forbes, leadership development is a $366 billion industry. Yet studies by McKinsey and Harvard Business Review confirm that investment in leadership development persistently fails to produce results. No one denies the reality of the global leadership crisis – in politics, business, the professions, communities, and families.
No one knows this better than people at the coalface. Every year, surveys show 70 percent of people in the workplace are disengaged, and a global study recently found that eight out of ten workers don’t trust their boss. Over the past 20 years, I have asked hundreds of people in all business categories what percentage of leaders they considered to be effective; the average response is less than five percent.
The long list of unresolved issues that plague politics and business is proof of the reality of the Global Leadership Crisis. There is patently something seriously wrong with the way things are being done.
Leadership is not a catalogue of skills that can be abused, left unused, or merely used selectively. Leadership is about Vision, Virtue, and Vigilance, all of which depend on how you think. Leadership training has failed to fix the leadership crisis because it doesn’t address the central question: why do people think the way they do? That question lies at the heart of the Power of Integrity Leadership Program, inspiring all my articles, essays, books, workshops, and conference keynote speeches delivered over the past twenty-plus years.
I have always told clients that the Power of Integrity content is infinitely malleable, capable of delivering real benefits in a variety of formats, anything from 6-month corporate programs to 15-minute talks at breakfast. So 5-minute bite-size leadership development videos were just another exciting challenge.
The program is infinitely malleable because it is built on just a few solid principles:
- Personal development is leadership development
- The meaning of leadership is service, not status
- The maker of leadership is the individual person
- The matter of leadership is vision, virtue, vigilance
- The purpose of leadership is justice.
The video series, Five Minutes to Grow as a Leader Today, is being launched at https://andrevanheerden.substack.com/, where I hope you will become a subscriber and enjoy the additional benefits. It’s an inexpensive but very effective way to roll out leadership development in your organisation. I hope you will take up the offer, and share this with your network.