Normal measurements for success in leadership development, even in online learning, are time based - the more time spent learning, the more successful. It's an 'attendance-based model'.
In terms of overall productivity, when we know that most learning is NOT transferred back to the workplace, this is a no-win equation. No wonder most people say they only spend 1% of their time developing themselves, because there are too many work demands on that time.
But, what if you design a learning system that accepts that 1% and works with it, instead of fighting it. One percent of a working day is about 5 minutes (8 hours x 60 x 1%)
Leadership development in five minutes a day
The latest knowledge on 'how we learn'* says that five minutes a day, as long as the learning is incremental and pieces together to head in the right direction, is enough to develop yourself and others around you as a leader.
So, we made that time promise to our community members: come into the community several times a week for five minutes or less, and if you don't find something - a micro-lesson created by my team or one of your peers - or a conversation with an 'Aha!' answer in it from a fellow leader - that helps you with your leadership challenge right now, then tell me.
So, we don't take people away from leading to develop them as leaders. We combine the two.
* See Rock & Schwartz, whose work on the neuroscience of leadership has cast new light on how we learn, and how we retain that learning and put it into practice.