As part of a program for its high potential leaders, Syngenta uses Action Learning to help participants develop their leadership skills while simultaneously working on real challenges. We provide action learning coaching across modules, supporting leaders as they build skills in questioning and self-awareness. In a module on team leadership, we introduce multiple-problem Action Learning sessions or “Learning Circles,” and each participant presents a team leadership challenge for peer coaching. Later in the experience, we use single-problem Action Learning in a module on organizational leadership. Senior program alumni are teamed up with small groups to work on urgent organizational challenges.
Through this journey, the participants discover new insights around their own leadership style and build their coaching skills, while also learning from each other and developing strategies around real and important business challenges.