What managers need to know about intrapersonal learners

People have different learning styles, and managers must be cognizant of this and adjust their style accordingly to ensure their communication with employees resonates with them. An article in the Huffington Post addressed this and listed seven of the most common learning styles and how managers can help. 

Intrapersonal learners prefer to learn on their own. They are the ones who would pay little attention to the lesson in the classroom, but would go off on their own after class and learn everything they could about that particular subject. This same idea applies in a business environment. Intrapersonal learners may not retain information if they simply hear it from their manager, but if they take the time to study and reflect on that information, there is a better chance it will stick with them.

"Using auditory information, and then allowing the participant a time of internal reflection, best helps these learners retain information," writes Anne Loehr, the article's author. "These individuals like to control their environment and take in new information at their own pace, which allows them time to process and think about a matter deeply."

Managers have the responsibility of identifying how their employees learn, adjusting their strategies and presenting information in a way that best resonated with their team. It takes a certain type of executive or senior manager to not only understand this but to effectively implement this teaching style. Working with an executive and senior management search firm will help businesses find those who can do this.