BOSTON — June 29, 2020 — Skillsoft today announced Aspire Journeys for Leadership Development, an integrated curriculum and resources designed to make it simple for organizations to equip leaders with digital leadership skills and competencies needed to thrive professionally in today’s fast-changing, agile business environment. The new Aspire Journeys are a part of the Skillsoft Leadership Development Program (SLDP) powered by MIT Sloan Management Review, designed to help learners be successful at critical stages in their leadership journey.

As the digital economy transforms the way we work, organizations are flattening, and individuals are taking on new responsibilities at every level. Many in these new roles find themselves unprepared to lead in this rapidly changing digital world, as it requires a new set of skills and a growth mindset to be truly effective. According to the Brandon Hall Group, only about 2 in 5 organizations are developing leaders in a way that benefits the business. Meanwhile, The Conference Board’s C-Suite Challenge 2019: The Future-Ready Organization report found that organizations with the strongest digital leadership capabilities outperform those with the weakest capabilities by 50 percent. At a time when leadership is fundamentally changing, Skillsoft Aspire Journeys deliver curated learning paths focused on the leadership capabilities needed in key transition moments that are critical to the success of both the organization and individual’s career path.

“As organizations continue to scale digital transformation initiatives, they require new digital capabilities and increased agility. Success depends on a culture that embraces transformation as a core tenet, and leadership transformation must go hand in hand with technology transformation,” said Amy Loomis, research director, Future of Work, IDC. “Skillsoft Aspire Journeys for Leadership Development delivers guidance leaders need to address current challenges and evolve their skills to lead agile organizations of the future.”

Aspire Journeys for Leadership Development will include an initial nine Journeys within three focus areas:

  • Skillsoft Aspire: Leadership Development Core – This core journey features the ten key modern competencies that all leaders need to be successful today. These key areas include Developing the People you Lead, Leading by Coaching, Team Leadership, Agility in Leadership, and Problem Solving and Decision Making. The ten leadership competencies represent an evidence-based selection of the critical competencies all individuals should seek to master for meaningful improvement in management and leadership capability. (Available now)
  • Skillsoft Aspire: Leaders in Transition – Leadership transitions are critical, and potentially costly, moments for individuals and organizations. These journeys provide leaders with the exact content that both they, and their organizations, need them to master to ensure success when transitioning from one level of leadership to another, such as becoming a First Time manager, becoming a Mid-Level leader, or becoming a Leader of Leaders. (Available Summer 2020)
  • Skillsoft Aspire: Digital Mindsets – Featuring Journeys focused on developing behavioral and technical competencies leaders need to propel an organization’s cultural shift towards becoming a modern, digital organization. Each of these Journeys will weave together select content from SLDP and Digital Transformation collections. Example Journeys include: Rapid Adaptivity Mindset Journey, Data-Driven Mindset Journey, Digital Visionary Mindset Journey, Innovation Mindset Journey, Agility Mindset Journey. (Available Summer 2020)

“Today’s business environment is changing at an accelerated rate and has been more unpredictable. Navigating this requires developing effective, high-potential leaders who can forge through crisis and have the capabilities needed in key transition moments,” said Mark Onisk, chief content officer, Skillsoft. “These new Aspire Journeys are built upon scenario-based video courses that are scientifically shown to improve engagement and recall, which are instrumental to making an immediate, tangible impact on both an individual’s career path and the overall organization.”

Each Journey’s learning path will consist of scenario-based video courses supported by knowledge checks and a final test for which learners can earn a digital badge. The courses feature articles from MIT Sloan Management Review carefully curated to support the learning paths as well as Leadership Insight videos highlighting world-class, globally diverse thought-leaders and faculty from top ranked business schools, including a significant number of experts ranked by Thinkers50. To ensure course learnings are actionable, Skillsoft Aspire Journeys offer application opportunities that help learners immediately use the concepts in their work environment.

To learn more about Skillsoft’s Aspire Journeys for Leadership Development, visit www.skillsoft.com/resources/60-days-of-complimentary-access.

About Skillsoft
Skillsoft delivers online learning, training, and talent solutions to help organizations unleash their edge. Leveraging immersive, engaging content, Skillsoft enables organizations to unlock the potential in their best assets – their people – and build teams with the skills they need for success. Empowering 36 million learners and counting, Skillsoft democratizes learning through an intelligent learning experience and a customized, learner-centric approach to skills development with resources for Leadership Development, Business Skills, Technology & Development, Digital Transformation, and Compliance.

Skillsoft and SumTotal are partners to thousands of leading global organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies. The company features three award-winning systems that support learning, performance and success: Skillsoft learning content, the Percipio intelligent learning experience platform, and the SumTotal suite for Talent Development, which offers measurable impact across the entire employee lifecycle. Learn more at www.skillsoft.com.

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