Dr Amanda Harris presents ‘Leadership development and the role of L&D in an era of complexity’ at Learning Technologies 2016

Don’t miss Watson Martin Partnership’s free seminar presentation ‘Leadership development and the role of L&D in an era of complexity’ on 03 February in Theatre 10 at 13.30 at Learning Technologies 2016 exhibition. Dr Amanda Harris will take an in-depth look at how this crucial but failing skill needs a shake up and why this is a top priority for HR.

For decades we have invested a great deal of time and money to drive improvement in the capabilities of our leaders. Despite these efforts, recent studies suggest that around 75% of senior managers regard their leadership development programmes as ineffective. Change management initiatives have fared little better, with current research suggesting that between 60 and 70 percent of projects aimed at delivering business change do not achieve their objectives.

In this session, Amanda Harris will:

  • Explore current leadership challenges.
  • Discuss how to develop leaders capable of managing complex situations and ‘wicked problems’.
  • Discuss why higher levels of intellectual and emotional maturity are needed to manage this level of complexity.
  • Debate the role of leadership and the potential of transformational learning approaches to facilitate leaders’ growth toward higher levels.
  • Explain the positive and negative outcomes of transformational learning, and review approaches that can foster the former and discourage the latter
  • Debate how today’s leaders can respond to such challenges.

About Dr Amanda Harris PhD FCIPD CPsychol, HR Consultant, Watson Martin Partnership

Amanda joined Watson Martin Partnership in 2015.  For over twenty years Amanda has successfully worked as Head of HR/HR Director, both in the UK and internationally and in the public and private sectors. She has a track record of developing and managing the implementation of innovative business and HR strategies and a proven ability to develop people at all levels of the organisation. She has presented several papers at professional conferences and sat on the governing body of the British Psychological Society for three years as Chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee. Her PhD was on the subject of evidence-based decision-making.

Since 2006 she has lectured on CIPD accredited courses and Masters Programmes, designing and delivering programmes and course modules for staff and students. She has designed and taught on face-to-face and blended learning programmes, utilising Moodle and Elluminate learning solutions. Recently she has worked as a Principal Occupational Psychologist with a particular interest in adult development and organisational development.

Learning Technologies 2016 

With more than 7,500 visitors, 150 free L&D seminars, 250 exhibitors, two exhibition halls packed with the latest learning technologies, innovation and best practice and Europe’s leading L&D conference, it provides a unique and exciting environment for all those involved in workplace learning.