Leadership Development Course

A Five-Day Leadership Program for Middle- and Senior-Level Managers

Managing is about connecting the strategy with the everyday work. It's a demanding role for you and an essential role for the organization. To achieve success, you must effectively manage people and processes.

The Leadership Development Program helps you to develop the skills and confidence you need to build commitment and translate strategy into effective action.

Who Should Attend

The Leadership Development Program is for experienced mid- to senior-level managers who want to raise their game beyond basic management competence to true leadership excellence. This program is a good fit for operational, group, or department managers who are responsible for supervising management-level direct reports and working across functions.

What Are Common Leadership Challenges?

Getting the top and the bottom of the hierarchy to work together. Leaders effectively manage people and processes up and down the organization.

Collaborating across the organization. Leaders think and act across organizational functions and silos—and help others to do the same.

Mastering greater complexity. Leaders handle uncertainty, solve multidimensional problems, and deal with interconnected systems.

Tackling big priorities on all fronts. Leaders seek success in demanding jobs and in roles outside of work.

Why Choose the Leadership Development Program?

  • Leadership Development Program participants are reported to have a greater impact on their organizations and to achieve improved business results after attending the program.
  • The Leadership Development Program is consistently ranked as one of the best leadership development programs in the world by program alumni, managers, and executives.
  • The Leadership Development Program has helped develop 50,000+ leaders in more than four decades.
  • The Leadership Development Program has evolved over the years in response to changes in the workplace and as new research findings, best practices, and technologies emerge.

What Does the Program Involve?

The Leadership Development Program builds the skills, knowledge, and confidence leaders need to succeed.

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A comprehensive assessment of leadership skills is at the heart of the Leadership Development Program experience.

Pre-program assessments will

  • Give a detailed picture of leadership skills, behaviors, and preferences, plus offer a deep look at top-priority competencies.
  • Identify and clarify development needs.
  • Establish a foundation for significant personal and professional growth.


For five days, participants are immersed in their personal assessment data, experiential activities, and skill-building exercises. Led by highly-qualified faculty, the Leadership Development Program is a challenging environment for learning, practice, reflection, and goal-setting.

The course will include

  • Experiential activities and hands-on exercises, including a mock business environment, for practice and deeper learning
  • A half-day, personal session with a certified coach to clarify thinking and plan next steps
  • Peer learning groups to provide feedback, insight, suggestions, and support


When the Leadership Development Program classroom experience ends, participants can apply and sustain their learning with the following ongoing support opportunities:

  • Two 45-minute phone coaching sessions with a certified coach
  • REFLECTIONS®, an assessment to measure skills and behavior progress, to be completed three months after the program
  • Access to eLearning materials, including courses, books, podcasts, articles, and quick-reference checklists and tools, that reinforce lessons from the program
  • Optional fee-based learning and support, such as extended coaching engagements, additional eLearning packages, and custom initiatives to connect individual development to organizational needs

What Will I Learn?

The Leadership Development Program is designed to strengthen six key competencies and skills that are vital to all leaders:

  • Self-awareness
  • Learning agility
  • Communication
  • Influence
  • Resilience
  • Systematic thought and action

Leadership Development Program participants delve into these six areas, gain a detailed picture of their personal strengths and challenges, and create a plan for moving forward.

By applying the lessons of the Leadership Development Program, leaders will be able to

  • Communicate direction, achieve alignment, and build commitment to bridge the gap between senior management and the front line.
  • Gain critical perspectives, create buy-in, and manage politics through collaboration.
  • Solve complicated problems and take wise action amidst complex, rapidly-changing conditions.
  • Build resiliency to manage stress and become more effective.

Program Costs and Training Location

This five-day program costs $7,300. It is offered at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at University of Maryland University College, just outside of Washington, D.C., in Adelphi, Maryland. Hotel accommodations are available at the conference center for an additional $1,000.

Register for the Leadership Development Program

Or call 877-999-7195 or e-mail nli@umuc.edu.

More About the Program

Download a Leadership Development Program information sheet.

Preview the program agenda.

Leadership Development Program Sample Agenda

Phase One: Getting Started

The Leadership Development Program is driven by detailed, personal data. Participants fill out several assessment surveys prior to attending the five-day on-site session. In addition, certain surveys require that participants’ direct reports and superiors complete evaluations. The surveys are sent out at least four weeks prior to the program date with a deadline for completion.

Phase Two: On-Site Training (Five Days)

Day One:  Leading from the Middle
Participants explore the realities of managers leading managers. Using the Leading Managers 360 assessment, participants reflect on and discuss the critical leadership skills required to lead from the middle of organizations and receive detailed data on how others see them in their leadership roles.

Day Two: Leading Through Collaboration
Focus is on how managers of managers work with and through their peers to coordinate and align the organization's strategies. Participants reflect on how to more effectively communicate and influence peers when collaborating.

Day Three: Leading Within a System
Focus is on the middle manager's responsibility for leading up, across, down, and outside the organization. Participants engage in a highly interactive experience that simulates the complexities and challenges of that environment. They work in small groups with an NLI coach to assess their leadership effectiveness in this activity.

Day Four: Integrating
Participants work one-on-one for three hours with an executive coach certified by the Center for Creative Leadership. During the coaching period, participants review and integrate assessment data and other sources of feedback received throughout the program and set goals and identify strategies to implement them. Participants also take part in a process of giving and receiving feedback with classmates.

Day Five: Transferring
Participants refine goals and plans to apply what they have learned to their organization.

Phase Three: Application

The National Leadership Institute supports continued development after the on-site training with two 45-minute telephone coaching sessions. Participants also receive a structured process for conversations with their bosses—a critical step for success. Three months after the program, participants complete an assessment to measure their progress on skills and behaviors.

Upcoming Training

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Center for Creative Leadership

The National Leadership Institute conducts this program under license from the Center for Creative Leadership.