The Best MTa Kits for Leadership Training

5 July 2020

Inject life into leadership development

Leadership development activities are probably the most rewarding, but challenging, programmes any learning development professional can run. Get it right, and you can help create the leaders who shape the organisation. But if you miss the mark, you miss the chance to influence those leaders and demonstrate your value.

How do you deliver leadership training activities that meet the wide and varying needs of your leaders, while providing a fun and memorable experience that makes a real and lasting impression?

Let leaders learn from experience

MTa’s experiential learning kits give you the flexibility to deliver leadership activities that replicate the real challenges your leaders and emerging leaders face. These versatile training kits allow you to run dozens of different activities, challenges and games that can be specifically tailored to real situations. 

Using hands-on kits, participants must work together to solve problems, clarify complex requirements, make difficult decisions, manage multiple stakeholders and many other challenges they face in real life.

Activities vary in complexity: more complex activities have multiple stages with time for reflection and refinement in between.

In one activity, for example,  a leader leads three geographically dispersed teams working on different aspects of a cable car project commissioned by a customer with a specific but often ambiguous brief. The leader must create a vision but then vary their leadership style to match the needs of each group, resolve conflict between groups, set objectives, delegate and instruct. 

In every leadership activity MTa designs, all leaders are given a role where they have opportunities to lead in the way that they believe will be most effective. Nobody is left on the margins as a leader in name only. Every activity is expertly crafted to provide specific learning opportunities for leaders and followers alike. 

We’ll introduce three of our most relevant learning kits for leaders later. But if you’re not sure where to start, it might be easier to give us a call or chat to us and we’ll help you find the right training activities for you, or read on for an idea of what’s available.

Powerful, Portable, Practical

MTa offers three different kits with a major focus on leadership development. MTa Insights features four long leadership activities, five shorter ones and 44 other activities which support leadership, all of which are easy to set up and come tightly packed in portable holdalls, but with powerful learning results.

MTa Insights Kit

MTa Mini comes in an even smaller package (small enough to fit in a plane’s overhead locker), but boasts even more complex activities that develop leadership skills needed when working across functional, hierarchical, geographical and historical boundaries.  

MTa Mini

MTa Team kit is a collection of 16 activities that focus on team-working and team dynamics. This highly versatile kit is great for helping leaders understand their role in their teams, but is equally apt for team activities on the front-line and in the back-office: it’s a great learning resource for everyone in the organisation. 

MTa Team Kit

Here are some of the key themes covered:

  • Utilising team members effectively 
  • Generating commitment 
  • Leading when physically isolated from team members 
  • Managing conflict 
  • Understanding and meeting others’ needs 
  • Leading team members with different attributes to the leader 
  • Achieving success through others 
  • Engendering followership
  • Flexing leadership style
  • Delegating leadership
  • Team dynamics
  • Project management
  • Prioritization

Reflect on your reality

Every kit includes insightful resources that help participants reflect on what happened in the activities, and to consider the skills, behaviours and attitudes that are necessary to succeed. In a well-facilitated exercise, it is this reflection that provides most of the learning. MTa call this the ‘Learning Arena’ where all participants are encouraged to: 

  • Identify the positive, indifferent and negative aspects of the activity being reviewed 
  • Build on positive aspects to make them even more valuable 
  • Develop ideas to address indifferent and negative aspects   
  • Evaluate and select ideas to be implemented  
  • Explore, practise and refine ideas
  • Plan the  Learning Transfer: how will the learning experience lead to tangible improvements in day-to-day performance

Participants are encouraged to reflect and think for themselves and then share their perspectives with the group. To help that reflection, each leadership activity comes with learning review sheets that should be completed before group discussion. Download a sample learning review sheet here

One of the best ways to see these kits in action and to find out which kit(s) are best for you, is to attend one of MTa’s Facilitator Masterclasses. Here you’ll get unique insights from our experienced facilitators on how to run successful sessions, as well as first-hand experience of the kits and your own reflection.

Call our friendly team today to find out more, or view the full range of  MTa’s learning, development and assessment activities at www.experientiallearning.org/training-activities/