GAPLD agrees with people like Barbara Kellerman (See Professionalizing Leadership, 2018), that most academics and consultants only have specialized education or experience (if any) to “teach how to lead’, or only have a limited background in “Leadership Studies”. The said truth is, as Kellerman says,
“Anyone can claim to be an expert on leadership, and anyone can claim to know how to teach how to lead. No demonstrable experience required. No demonstrable expertise required. No demonstrable credential required” (other than by working in academia or as a consultant).
Another sad fact is that Leadership Education mostly remains the same as it was four decades ago. Students of Leadership are trained as if they are in an Occupation or a Vocation, and NOT entering a PROFESSION or “Higher Calling”.
GAPLD believes that anyone who goes to “Leadership School” – or pays for an executive coach or trainer – should get what they pay for. We strongly believe in the PROFESSIONAL Development of Leaders, through a very purposeful pedagogy with logical, sequential, expansive, and cumulative theory and practice – and with high and consistent ethical standards. Leadership Development should come from experienced plus professionally trained and prepared practitioners that train, coach, mentor, and develop others to become fellow PROFESSIONALS in Leadership.
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.