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Using Experience to Develop Leadership Talent: How Organizations Leverage On-the-Job Development by Morgan W. McCall, Jr., Cynthia D. McCauley

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Virtual Reality and Leadership Development

Randall W. Hill, Jr.

Leaders learn, grow, and develop their skills through experiences on the job, yet on-the-job learning has a number of pitfalls. First, it can take a long time to learn particular skills because the right experiences may not naturally occur. Second, even if the right experiences do occur, there is no guarantee that the right lessons will be learned, either because there is no time for reflection or because a mentor is not available to provide feedback and coaching. Third, just knowing a set of leadership principles does not adequately prepare a leader for the emotional intensity of the challenges that will be faced on the job. The stress of the working environment ...

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