Enhancing Leadership Training Through an Experiential Approach: An Online Model for the 21st Century

Anita Samuel*, Steven J. Durning

*Corresponding author for this work

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Billions of dollars are spent annually on leadership training and development courses. Unfortunately, this training, both at organizational and university levels, does not appear to consistently result in significant adult learning or better organizational performance. These programs tend to focus on the theories of leadership within closed classroom environments and sometimes present case studies to encourage application of knowledge. The content is typically dissociated from both context and leadership experiences and a “one size fits all” approach is adopted. This approach does not account for the corporate culture that is unique to every organization, even every department. In this innovation in practice article, we present a leadership practicum course tailored for adult learners that provides an experiential approach to leadership training enhanced by expert coaching. Initial results indicate that health care professionals appreciate the ability to transfer theory to practice and the feedback they receive from expert coaches. We present the practicum course and provide two cases to explicate the process; we share initial findings from the course and end with our next steps.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdult Learning
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • experiential training
  • just-in-time teaching
  • leadership training
  • on-the-job training
  • professionals


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