The World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL) is the only certifying body for Action Learning, providing various training & certification programs internationally. It is a rapidly growing international not-for-profit organization supported by WIAL Affiliates around the world.

WIAL is a highly capable global organization helping clients rapidly solve urgent and important business challenges. Our clients frequently achieve a substantial Return on Investment (ROI) on their organization, leadership, and team development projects.


WIAL’s Action Learning approach has elevated the performance of hundreds of organizations worldwide including Microsoft, Hong Kong Transit and IBM. For an extended list, check out our Clients. Many universities around the world have also incorporated the WIAL model into their curricula and learning methodology.

WIAL members have written numerous books and articles on the subject of Action Learning, including three that are predicted to be classics in the field:
  • Action Learning in Action
  • Optimizing the Power of Action Learning
  • Action Learning for Developing Leaders and Organizations: Principles, Strategies, and Cases

WIAL History

In 1995, WIAL co-founder Michael Marquardt met Reg Revans, widely recognized as the father of Action Learning. The two men began a dialogue that led to the development of the WIAL model of Action Learning, which focuses on continual learning. After years of testing, research and refinement, the model took final form in the renowned six components and two ground rules of Action Learning.

WIAL Mission

WIAL’s mission is to unleash capacity and capability for success by generating powerful solutions to complex problems through Action Learning.

WIAL Will Achieve its Mission By:

  • Promoting WIAL Action Learning with individuals, teams, organizations, communities and nations
  • Developing world class Action Learning coaches
  • Providing certification, consulting and training services
  • Fostering communities of Action Learners
  • Sharing research, case studies and best practices
  • Supporting WIAL affiliates and coaches

WIAL Will Add Value to its Clients Through:

  • Dramatically improving organization performance
  • Rapidly solving urgent and important business challenges
  • Developing 21st century leaders
  • Building high performance teams
  • Creating inquisitive, engaging and empowered cultures
  • Growing life-long self-directed learners