Syllabus for the 10 Module – 20 Hour Program ACCELERATED for PRE-CERTIFIED Applicants


Episode 1 – Welcome to the PROFESSION of Leadership Development

  • Leadership definitions, philosophies, and beliefs – from the GAPLD Community.
  • What leadership IS and IS NOT.
  • The growing market demand and societal need for Building Better Leaders. 
  • The art and science of Leadership Development (LD) – Beyond Executive Coaching. 
  • Why many other LD Programs fail, and What Constitutes PROFFESSIONAL LD.
  • Common mistakes in Leadership Development (LD).
  • LD at every Level: the GAPLD Inside-Out Model.
  • Growing to “Level 4”: Transcendent Leadership. 
  • Character and Commitment comes First; followed by differing Leadership Competencies. appropriate to every Level in the Individual’s Leadership Journey
  • Why Character and Values Development trump Personality/Psychometric Assessments.
  • Your Transition from Coach or Consultant to PROFESSIONAL Leadership Developer (e.g., attaining the added designation of C.P.L.D.).
  • Your Commitment to Continuous Education and Professionalism.

PLUS, Tools and Readings:

  • Readings on “What IS Leadership Development?”
  • Overview of the Leadership Industry. 
  • Summary Lists of separate Leadership Competencies at every Level of Executive Growth.
  • The Leadership Character Wheel – as designed by the Canadian Ivey School of Business. 
  • Several Articles on “Why Most Leadership Training Programs Fail” and Other LD Do’s and Don’ts.
  • Added Reading List.


Episode 2: The Foundation of Leadership Character and Commitment 

  • Working with Mindsets – both Open and Closed.
  • Coaching to Step Up: A Leader’s “Self-Contract” before Launching the Journey.
  • The Science of Habit Formation: A Primer.
  • Conversations and Exercises to Develop Thoughts, Words, Actions, and Habits during ongoing Development of Leadership Character.
  • Introduction to the LCIA and Other Methods of Assessing Leadership Character; beyond all other Psychometrics. 
  • Added Techniques in Coaching for Character Development.
  • Summary: Why Character Matters.

PLUS, Tools and Readings:

  • Various Readings from The Ivey School of Business on “Leadership Character”.
  • Sample copies of a “Leadership Self-Contract and Declaration of Commitment”.
  • Summaries and Various Readings on Changing and Developing New Habits.
  • Tools and Exercises to Develop and Strengthen Leadership Character (various). 
  • Your Leadership Character Insight Assessment (LCIA Report) and How to Apply it as a Coaching Tool.
  • The VIA Character Assessment and Other Instruments and Frameworks for alternative Character Development of Leaders.
  • Added Reading List.


Episode 3 – Teaching and Facilitating Leadership Competencies at every Level

  • The Inside-Out Model and Core Competencies for Each Level of Growth.
  • Effective Instruction and Pedagogy – Key Techniques and Processes.
  • The Science of Human Learning and Making It Stick.
  • Other Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Making Professional Presentations.
  • The Art of Master Facilitators.

PLUS, Tools and Readings:

  • L.E.E. and Lists of Leadership Competencies appropriate to Each Stage of Leadership Growth.
  • Several Articles and Summaries on Neuroscience and the Educational Psychology of Learning.
  • Several Articles, References, and Summaries on the Power of Making and Changing Habits.
  • Instructional Tip Sheets, Checklists, and Other Hand-outs.
  • A Checklist of Instructional/Presentation Do’s and Don’ts. 
  • Tip Sheets and Tricks of the Trade for Professional Facilitators.
  • Added Reading List.


Episode 4 – Tools for Development of Self-Leadership 

  • Strength Finding.
  • Personality, Multiple Intelligences, and Other Tools for Leadership Self-Awareness.
  • Development of Personalized Mission, Vision, and Core Values for Leadership Clients.
  • Resilience for Leaders.
  • Development of Self-Organization and Leadership Focus.
  • Skills for Clear Thinking, Critical Thinking, Effective Decision-Making, and “Calling BS”.
  • EQ + SQ + PQ (The Development of Emotional, Social and Political Intelligences).

PLUS, Tools and Readings:

  • Strength Finding Tools, References, and various Background Readings.
  • Background work by Gardiner (Multiple Intelligence), Kolb (Learning Styles), Adaptive and Practical Intelligences, Herman (Visual Intelligence), etc.
  • Numerous Resilience Checklists, Hand Outs, and Fact Sheets to Guide future Leadership Clients.
  • Eisenhower Matrix, Summary Hand-outs, and Tools from “Time Smart” (Whilans), David Allan, Brian Tracey (“Eat that Frog”), Laiken, etc.
  • Tools for the design of a Leader’s Personal Mission, Vision and Values Statements; and making Life Strategies and Individual Life Plans for Leaders. 
  • Various tools, summaries, references on Cognitive Biases, Cognitive Distortions, and other Thinking Skills (from Debono, Ziglar, Burns, etc.). Also, extensive handouts/tools/summaries on Executive Decision-making Skills.
  • Follow up with materials/handouts on Critical Thinking Skills and tips – including new material from Bergstrom and West (just published) on “Calling Bullshit” 
  • Background references and material from Daniel Goleman, Bradbury and Greaves, Jo Owen, and others on EQ, PQ, SQ, Likeability, etc. 
  • Cross-referencing to EQi-2.0 and other EQ psychometrics and diagnostic tools.
  • Numerous tools on expansion of Emotional Vocabulary, Managing Hot Buttons, Emotional Analysis, Reading People, etc. 
  • Added Reading List.


Episode 5 – Tools for Development of Leadership Influence & Managing Teams

  • “Mini-Bootcamps” on Fundamental Speech Acts and Executive Communications.
  • Conflict Management, “Conflict Judo”, and Holding Crucial Conversations.
  • Communications Essentials and Application of the Most Effective, Non-Violent Techniques of Communications (Re-framing, Assertiveness Skills and Practices, Mediation Techniques, etc.).
  • The Science of Influence, Persuasion, Soft Power, and Influence without Authority.
  • Cross-Cultural Communications and “Gender Physics”.
  • Team Building, Team Dysfunctions, and Effective Team Leadership/Dynamics.
  •  Executive Presence and Application of Effective Somatic and Non-Verbal Communication Skills.
  • Effective Meeting Management and the Meeting Rhythms of Leadership.
  • Performance Management, Executive Execution, and Managing Accountability.
  • Courageous Followership and Managing Up.

PLUS, Tools and Readings:

  • Over 15 + different 1-2-page worksheets for self-reflection and added practice (on communications fundamentals, conflict management, influence, various team dynamics/trust building tools gender and cross-cultural communications, non-verbal communications, etc.). 
  • Several LD guidelines and coaching templates on Employee Alignment, Role Clarity, Coaching and Managing Accountability, etc.
  • Separate handout package, assessment tools and templates on Effective Meeting Management as “The Arena of Leadership”.
  • Group Facilitation Techniques – especially for Team Building and Assessments (from Lencioni, “9 Minutes on Monday”, Appreciation Languages, etc.).
  • LD handouts and tip sheets from Kellerman (and many others) on Effective Followership.
  • Added Reading List.


Episode 6 – Tools and Techniques for Leading Entire Organizations

  • Corporate Culture Building and Strategies/LD Supports for Optimal Employee Engagement.
  • Strategic Thinking Skills and Strategic Planning.
  • Strategic Implementation – from Strategy to Operations to Performance Management, etc.
  • Risk Management for Leaders – Assessment, Mitigation Planning, Crisis Management, etc.
  • Organizational Succession Planning – Role of LD in Mapping, Capacity Building, etc. 
  • Tools for Effective Stakeholder/Community Engagement.
  • Introduction to Good Governance and Interactions between Boards and Leaders.

PLUS, Tools and Readings:

  • Over 10 x 1-2-page Handouts/Worksheets to work with Leaders on Deliberative Cultural Building, Cultural Change Management, Re-organizational Do’s and Don’ts, Tribal Leadership, etc. (as taken from Drucker, Kotter, Coyle, and others).
  • Several templates, exercises, checklists, assessment tools, and other materials on Strategic Thinking Skills. 
  • Overview Summaries and Facilitation Guidelines on over 6 + different Models/Methods for Strategic Planning (SWOT + KRA’s, Blue Ocean, Roger Martin Model, 5-Forces/Porter Model, PESTEL Analysis, Scenario Planning, etc.). 
  • Sample methodologies and tools for development of Strategic Risk Registers, Heat Maps, Risk Mitigation Plans, Crisis/Contingency/Continuity Plans, Red Teaming Exercises, etc.
  • Templates, Tools, Structural Options, Sample LD Work Plans, etc. on corporate Succession Planning, Leadership Onboarding, Stay Interviewing techniques, and other in-house systems to optimize talent development. 
  • 8 different tools and templates on stakeholder mapping, collaboration programs, strategic alliance building, co-opetition strategies, and stakeholder communication strategies and planning.
  • Background Governance Principles from ICD, Carver, etc. – for both corporate and non-profit Boards; sample Governance Manuals, sample Board Governance Orientation Programs, etc.
  • Added Reading Lists.


Episode 7 – Coaching and Development of Transcendent Leadership

  • Psychological Models/Theories of Individual Transcendence.
  • Generating Positive Psychology.
  • Background on CSR Programs, ESG Investment Principles, and Stakeholder Capitalism.
  • Codes, Principles, and Samples of Ethical and Moral Leadership in Action.
  • Ecological Footprints, Green Business Operations, and Concepts of “Conscious Capitalism”.
  • Models and Methods for Design, Build and Operations of B-Corps, Social Enterprise, Affinity Social Marketing, etc.

PLUS, Tools and Readings:

  • Background Hand-out Summaries, Exercises, and Tools on Positive Psychology (e.g., from Martin Seligman and many others); and on Transcendence and Self Actualization (from Kaufman, Maslow, Novogratz, Wheatley, etc.).
  • Sample “How To” Manuals and Checklists on Design and Build of CSR, ESG, and Social Enterprise Ventures and the expansion/establishment of Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibilities
  • Background Reading Summaries from Etzel (“The Ethical Leader and Why Doing the Right Thing Can Be Key to Competitive Advantage”) and Kaufman, Mackey, Sisoda, Schaub, Parish, etc. (on “Conscious Business”, “Conscious Capitalism”, “Making Good”, etc.). 
  • Sharing the GAPLD Statement of Ethics and our “Responsibility Manifesto”.
  • Added Reading List.


Episode 8 – The Leadership Coaching Process – Putting It Altogether 

  • Added Role Plays, Triggers, and Other Exercises on spotting Leadership Pain Points and Coaching through various Executive Leadership Challenges and Scenarios.
  • Coaching for development of better Leadership Habits.
  • Refresher of previous PBCA and ICF Coaching Programs, but with alternative craftsmanship in coaching from a Leadership Development perspective (e.g., working with the LEE, Character/Commitment Coaching, etc.). 

Other Tools and Readings:

  • Refresh of various handouts and checklists on Coaching Fundamentals, but with an LD focus.
  • Added tips, techniques, summaries, etc. on the special techniques, methods, rhythms, etc. of Executive Coaching.
  • Added Reding List.


Episode 9 – FIP’s, Mastermind Groups, and the Design of Experiential Learning to Build Better Leaders 

  • Feedback Intensive Programs (FIP’s) and how to Design and Use 360 Reviews Carefully.
  • Design and Establishment of In-house Mentoring and Peer-to-Peer Coaching Programs, and professionally running them inside your Leadership Client organizations. 
  • Executive Level Mastermind Groups – options and intricacies in putting them together.
  • Gaming and Simulations in Leadership Development.
  • Experiential Learning in Leadership Development – Stretch Assignments, “Crucible Experiences”, Lessons Learned Reviews/Retrospectives, and multi-disciplinary Project Management experience to strengthen Leadership Character and build higher-level Leadership Skills.

PLUS, Tools and Readings:

  • Sample FIP and Pulse Surveys, Feedback Reporting on FIP Surveys, etc. 
  • Hand-outs and Tip Sheets on Mentoring vs. Coaching, Effective Mentoring Techniques, Mentor and Mentee Screening Selection and Match-making Processes, etc.
  • Few-To-Many Coaching and Mastermind Models for Tapping into Collective Wisdom of Groups.
  • “How To” Manuals and Tip Sheets on creation of various optional Group Programs – from Business Unit Quality Circles to elevated Strategic Thinking Panels, to Innovation Council, Strategic Advisory Boards, and other Task Forces. 
  • Reference List and Referrals to various Leadership Gaming and Other Simulation Tools.
  • Extensive background Summaries on how to intentionally design and plan Experiential Leadership and Rotations for organizational Talent Development.
  • Summary slides, tips sheets, readings on PMBOK (The Project Management Book of Knowledge) and templates for becoming an effective PM.
  • Added Reading Lists.


Episode 10 – Running Your LD Consulting Business or Managing Your Own In-House/Corporate “Leadership Engine” 

  • Intake, Design and Project Management of Client-sponsored Leadership Development Programs and various LD Services and Projects.
  • Marketing and Sales of your Added LD Expertise.
  • Working with your C-Suite and/or Board to Design, Launch and Sustain your In-House Leadership Academy and various forms of Corporate “Leadership Engines”.
  • Measuring the Impact and Effectiveness of your Leadership Development Efforts.
  • Ethical Challenges and Issues in the Profession of Leadership Development.
  • Introduction to Your New Community of Practice by Joining the Global Alliance for Professional Leadership Development – Introduction to the GAPLD Digital Library, Web Site, Member Forum, Added CEU Requirements, Follow Up Mentoring Program, and other GAPLD Supports.
  • Final Steps to Graduation, LD Program/Expansion Launch, and A Warm Welcome to Your Chosen New PROFESSION.

PLUS, Tools and Readings:

  • Guidelines and Tools for LD Evaluation and Impact Assessment.
  • Sample Contracts and Operating Systems to Run Your LD Business. 
  • LD Marketing and Selling Systems – Added templates, summary readings, and checklists for Client Relationship Management (CRM Planning).
  • Handout Summaries on Various Models of In-House “Talent Engines” and the Design of In-House Leadership Academies.
  • Ethical Role Plays and Scenario Discussions.
  • Added Reading List.
  • Follow Up Description of the Continuing Education Program Requirements and Planning Your CEU’s and Mentor Networking over the next 12 months.
  • Your NEW Graduation Certificate and Diploma as a CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL in LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

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