Harvard Business Publishing Clients Drive Organizational Impact With Breakthrough Leadership

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Breakthrough Leadership program Awarded Brandon Hall Group’s Best Advance in Learning Technology; Midlevel managers in global organizations report significant improvements in key leadership behaviors after participating in Breakthrough Leadership programs.

Managers who participate in Breakthrough Leadership programs are reporting a positive shift in their self-awareness, mindset, and behaviors needed to become strong leaders.

Harvard Business Publishing’s Breakthrough Leadership program is being widely adopted by top organizations seeking to develop key leadership behaviors in mid-level managers. More than 2,500 learners from 20 global organizations have participated in the Breakthrough Leadership programs since its launch in 2012.

Uniquely designed for mid-level managers, the blended, cohort-based program applies context to the learning so that it is connected to the real-life challenges that managers face in trying to accomplish their designated objectives. This approach is yielding significant results. Managers who participate in Breakthrough Leadership programs are reporting a positive shift in their self-awareness, mindset, and behaviors needed to become strong leaders. In addition, Breakthrough Leadership’s innovative design merited a Gold award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology in the Brandon Hall Group’s 2013 Excellence in Technology Awards, announced January 2014.

The program provides a framework for managers to approach their roles, prioritize their actions, and deliver stronger and more effective results. Through live virtual sessions, self-study and reflection, and work-based learning, Breakthrough Leadership helps managers apply the learning to work, deliver strong results, and impact the business.

“Our results with Breakthrough Leadership are impressive. In our first cohort, 100% of the participants said they would recommend the program to a peer,” said Scott Millward, Chief Talent Development Officer, University of Farmers. “The program gives our mid-level managers the tools to cultivate the self-awareness, mindset, and values that characterize successful leaders.”

Managers who participate in Breakthrough Leadership reported a positive shift in their personal leadership qualities and their ability to influence others. Based on collective feedback to date, improvements include:

  •     12% performance boost in the ability to earn people's trust by demonstrating good character
  •     10% performance increase in identifying and assessing contacts that should be in the manager’s strategic and operational networks
  •     10% performance improvement in managing interactions with their boss to foster a productive partnership
  •     8% performance increase in creating a compelling purpose-driven team plan that defines where their team is now, where the manager wants them to be, and a plan for how to get there

“Our colleagues are located all over the world,” said Brian Treml, Knowledge Leader, Nielsen. “Breakthrough Leadership brings us together virtually to learn to be better leaders, not just good managers. The on-the-job activities really help us apply these new concepts to our work.”

About Breakthrough Leadership
Breakthrough Leadership – based on research and work from Harvard Business School Professor Linda A. Hill and former business executive Kent Lineback -- stresses three imperatives every manager must follow to be a successful and effective leader: manage yourself, manage your network, and manage your team. The program is designed to help managers become strong leaders by giving them an integrated, straightforward framework to approach their roles, tools to prioritize their actions, and a network of their peers to support them as they deliver stronger and more effective results for their organizations. Learn more: http://www.harvardbusiness.org/breakthrough-leadership

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