Introduction | 1. Dissatisfaction with the status quo | 2. Knowledge and skills exist | 3. Availability of resources |
4. Availability of time | 5. Rewards and/or incentives exist | 6. Participation | 7. Commitment | 8. Leadership
While leadership has been an underlying factor for Ely’s (1999) first seven facilitative conditions, it takes center stage in the final facilitative condition (p. 5). However, the type of leadership Ely describes in his eighth condition is more about the affective influence of leaders than their ability to make decisions and secure resources. The necessity of a visible commitment in the seventh facilitative condition expands here to encompass the need for inspiration and encouragement throughout the implementation process (Ellsworth, 1999, p. 72). Leaders (regardless of job title) directly affect the motivation of those using and implementing the innovation. Ensminger, Surry, Porter, & Wright (2004) noted that leaders provide encouragement, answer questions, address concerns, and serve as role models. In short, they champion and become the face of the innovation throughout all levels of the organization (p. 64).
Ely’s description of leadership in his eighth facilitative condition could also be defined as transformational leadership. This style of leadership is essential when an organization attempts to build a culture that values professional learning. Bersin by Deloitte found that only 38% of the employees felt they had access to long-term professional learning, training, and development at work. Organizations and leaders that take this data point to heart and begin delivering effective professional learning opportunities will gain a decisive advantage over their competitors (Akhundov, 2016, paragraph 7). Put simply, the ROI for leaders who understand and address the needs of modern learners in the workplace will be organizational longevity fueled by a skilled, loyal, and engaged workforce.
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