Executive Development

Written by Linda Alexander
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There are many different paths to executive development and training. Personal development, at-work training, classroom training, outside courses, coaching, and behavioral development training are a few examples. Executive development isn't restricted to training, either. It is anything that helps a person grow, improve their skills, confidence, knowledge and motivation.

Executive development is not something that is just found in a classroom. It is anything that offers developmental experience. This can include learning about attitudes and behavior, tolerance, leadership, and goals as well as skills and knowledge for the job.

Managers need executive development, and so do their subordinates. In order for people to be groomed for future roles, and to improve as people now, they must have access to the same training and experiences that managers do. Training develops people, not just skills. Consequently, it improves employee performance, enhances morale, and improves the overall health of an organization.

Assessments for Executive Development

Because people learn differently, it's important for managers to properly assess development needs. Technology is not the answer; in fact, studies have shown that e-learning is merely an electronic page-turner. People are not necessarily going to do the training on their own. They have to be interested and motivated to learn. That includes teaching them in a way that makes it interesting and exciting, as well as the best method for their individual learning needs.


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