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A wealth of trends and transformations in the private sector have forced companies to become a bit more aggressive and persistent in their establishment of leadership and management training strategies. For example, studies have indicated that skills and talent shortages will begin to become more common problems in a wider range of industries in the near future, while the current generation of leaders is not all that far away from exiting the workforce all together. 

As a result, companies have been a bit more motivated to get the job done, ushering in a new era of leadership through the deployment of comprehensive and dynamic management skills training programs. There are merits to each approach that can be found among businesses today, but many experts are beginning to argue that experiential, simulation-based training might be the most progressive and effective per the demands of today's learners. 

Simulative skills development
Quartz recently reported that companies are gaining a competitive edge through the deployment of simulation-based management training programs that put leaders into realistic positions and force them to handle the tasks at hand. This type of approach is among the best in not only preparing managers for some of the common challenges of their positions, but also learning to understand what these individuals need by way of skills development. 

According to the news provider, one global pharmaceutical research firm has been especially successful in using this approach to management skills training, especially as the modern era of international business comes with so many novel challenges for leaders. What's more, this industry has long been among the most relied-upon adequate risk management practices, which all begin with the skills of managers. 

The source interviewed the firm's head of human resources, Stephen Fussell, about how the pharma firm has approached simulation-based training for its managers. 

"We will introduce a set of facts and see how people perform collaboratively," Fussell told Quartz. "Then we will purposefully completely pull the rug out to change the facts and circumstances. We want to see them operate under stress. That's hard to replicate in safe ways using traditional brick and mortar training tools."

At the end of the day, virtually every business can benefit from this type of approach to training, regardless of what needs or objectives might be involved. 

Other skills benefit
Experiential education has been found to significantly improve leadership-level employees' abilities to handle high-stress and somewhat hectic situations, as it provides a little more comfort with real-life problems than a lecture generally would. As such, companies should seriously consider deploying these types of training programs for risk management, conflict resolution and other high-stress skill sets for their managers and supervisors.

As always, though, trying to sculpt and deploy a program without the right level of expertise can end up having a negative impact on managers' skills. Leveraging the support of a professional management training service provider might be the most efficient and effective approach.