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Creating Leadership Development Programs Certificate

Develop impactful programs that will develop your future superstars.

Align leadership development programs with your organization's culture, goals, vision, and mission. Incorporate best practices in leadership needs assessments and implementation.

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Credits: CEU 1.4 MORE
Level: Capable
Role(s): CTDO/CLO More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Consulting and Business Partnering More



Course Info

As you earn your leadership certificate you can access ATD’s exclusive model for creating transformative leadership development programs. You’ll be introduced to a unique process for demonstrating the business value of your leadership development programs.

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As you earn your leadership certificate you can access ATD’s exclusive model for creating transformative leadership development programs. You’ll be introduced to a unique process for demonstrating the business value of your leadership development programs.

Equipped with the resources you need to drive maximum results, use data from your organization to apply what you learn immediately to your own leadership training. Evaluate leadership competencies and behaviors and their relation to your organizational and workforce needs. Analyze various assessment models that can support your leadership initiative. Learn to evaluate both your organization's program and off-the-shelf offerings.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Discover the components you need to design best-in-class leadership development.
  • Gain the latest information and trends on the state of leadership development and the opportunity to compare best practices against your organization.
  • Access a toolkit of more than 100 activities to use beyond the classroom. Explore ideas to engage leaders within your organization and dozens of comprehensive, ready-to-use tools.

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What You Will Learn
  • Use the ATD leadership development model to create a leadership development program.
  • Ensure alignment of a leadership development program to an organization’s culture, vision, mission, and goals, as well as competencies, customers' requirements, and business needs.
  • Select and implement appropriate learning methods.
  • List content and competencies that must be included in a leadership development program.
  • List observable behaviors that display a leader’s ability to demonstrate the competencies.
  • Discuss a hierarchy of competencies and content for entry, mid-level, and executives.
  • Utilize process planning checklists and other job aids to create a leadership development program.
  • Measure and link the value of a leadership development program to an organization’s bottom line.
  • Discern the advantages, disadvantages, and appropriate use of off-the-shelf leadership development programs.
  • Implement questionnaires, assessment methods, and self-evaluation tools presented in the leadership development program.
  • Incorporate best practices in leadership needs assessments, implementation, and when identifying high potential candidates for leadership programs.
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Creating Leadership Development Programs: ElaineBiech

ATD facilitator, Elaine Biech, describes the Creating Leadership Development Programs Certificate.

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Topic 1 - Introduction
Organizational Readiness Audit
Critical Success Factors
Why Leadership Development Fails
LEADS: ATD’s Model for Building a Leadership Development Program
The Five Phases
Timeline to Build a Leadership Development Program: LEADS
Leadership and Management: What’s the Difference?
Topic 2 - Lay the Foundation
What’s Driving Your Leadership Effort?
Close Your Leadership Gap
Ensure LDP Alignment
Engage Your Leaders Right from the Start
Leadership Development Philosophy
Topic 3 - Envision the Future
Planning for Leadership Development of the Future
Grounding the Vision for a Successful Plan
Summarizing Leadership Development Changes
What’s a Leadership Competency?
Customizing a Competency Model
Topic 4 - Agree on and Articulate an Action Plan
Clarify the Purpose and Establish Goals
Determine an Operational Construct
Who Will Participate?
Leadership Development Communication Plan
Topic 5 - Design the Developmental Elements
360-Degree Assessments
Leadership Development Plans
Succession Planning
Leaders Developing Leaders
Commitment to Develop Other Leaders
Sample Mentoring Program Comparison
Using Experience to Develop Leadership Talent
Topic 6 - Sustain Progress
Processes and Systems for Sustainability
Annual Review Process
Evaluating the Initiative
Measuring the Four Levels
What Is ROE?
How ROI Differs
Continuous Process Improvement Plan
Who Should Attend

Participants should already have experience in designing learning and have a business need to understand the best practices in developing effective leadership programs. This is not a leadership course but a program that introduces participants to all of the necessary components of great leadership development programs.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Level: Capable
Roles: CTDO/CLO, Talent Development Director/Executive, HR/OD Professional, Instructional Designer, Talent Development Manager
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Frances Perez

"This certificate program is excellent for those who already have implemented some type of Leadership Development Program (LDP) or for those who are considering developing one. We learned strategies and best practices that can be used immediately back on the job."

Sally Koppy

"This program was excellent! In just two days I have a timeline for building our leadership development program, with all of the models, tools, and resources. What a great ROI! I will immediately put to use the Organizational Readiness Audit, which I can use to show the need for creating the leadership development program!"

Corey Gin

"After successfully completing this program, and attending the International Conference & Exposition, I can confidently recommend ATD's programs to anyone in the training and development field." 

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Things to Know


For full-day face-to-face and live online programs, participation in all originally scheduled days of the program, including both face-to-face and live online formats, is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

For multi-week, live online programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate. To be marked complete for that one session, please email [email protected]. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.

ATD requires active participation throughout the program to receive credit. Active participation in live online sessions includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device significantly limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Platform at the end of the program.


14.0 learning hours

1.4 CEUs awarded

This program is eligible for 14.0 professional development hours or recertification points from the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) for the APTD or CPTD credential.

This program has been approved for 14.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 14.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


A laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability is required for both face-to-face and online programs. Please do not bring mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) in lieu of a laptop. There will be no computers available on-site for participants. Note: You might not have an optimal experience if you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to access your courses. Chrome is the recommended browser.


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