The Program to Turn Pro as a Leader

Program In Brief

We have an audacious goal to fill the void that is being spent annually in a $450 billion “Leadership Industry”.  We believe in purposeful pedagogy that is:

  • logical, 
  • sequential, 
  • practical,
  • tested, and
  • without all the platitudes, sophisms, or “theoretical BS”.

We want all our participants to take what they learned and immediately “hit the deck running” with the most practical tips, checklists, short readings, and other tools that are simple and straight to the point. 

First and foremost, we believe that the development of Character, Core Virtues, and Values are foundational. This must precede all other forms of Leadership Development and capacity building. Conversations about the Character of a Leader are fundamental, and they must trump all other behavioral diagnostics or personality assessments. 

After Character, comes Commitment. We put emphasis on the commitment of Turning Pro and stepping up to accept a Leadership Mindset. We even have a Self-Contract with a core list of clauses and conditions that we insist each Leader should sign as a sacred oath to themselves in entering Leadership as their Profession. 

Beyond the development of Character and Commitment, GAPLD promotes a progressive, “inside-out” approach to the growth of leadership competencies as they become needed in ever-increasing demand and complexity, at every stage of a Leader’s career:

Level I

  • Self-Awareness, Self-Organization, Effective Leadership Communication Skills, the Science of Influence, and Self-Motivation.
  • Added development of Emotional Intelligence, higher level Cognitive/Thinking and Decision-Making Skills, Adaptive Intelligence, and Thinking Strategically.
  • Ultimate transcendence to attain higher purposes and meaning beyond self-efficacy, and to attain greater perspective and self-actualization.

Level II

  • Team building, Effective Meeting Management, Effective Employee Coaching and Engagement, Trust Building, Alignment and Management of Accountabilities.

Level III

  • Strategy and Planning, Culture, Talent Succession, Risk Management, Stakeholder Engagement, and Governance.

Level IV

  • Strategic Community Alliances and Co-Investments, Environmental Stewardship, Social Enterprise Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, and other forms of Ethical and Moral Leadership.

As a first step in becoming a Professional in Leadership, send us a note

As a first step, GAPLD requires potential candidates to submit a personal Biography and Letter of Application explaining his/her background, leadership experiences, and proof of pre-qualifying credentials from other professional certifications or background university degrees with training in leadership studies.