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Top 10 Takeaways of the Creating Leadership Development Programs Certificate

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Are you tasked with developing new leadership development programs? Are you unsure how to start? Enter ATD’s Creating Leadership Development Programs certificate program.

This program supplies participants with an ATD exclusive model for creating leadership development programs. Using data from their organizations, participants are able to immediately apply what they are learning to their own organizational leadership development initiatives. Most importantly, the ATD leadership development model includes a process to demonstrate the business value of the leadership development programs.

Still not sure?


Participants leave the Creating Leadership Development Programs certificate session with excitement. They report that they are ready to design and implement a leadership development plan for their organizations. Here are a few of their top 10 key takeaways.

  1. The latest info and trends on the state of leadership development. 
  1. The opportunity to compare leadership development best practices against our organization. 
  1. The appendix—you need to see it to understand. 
  1. Ideas to engage leaders inside your organization. 
  1. Pre-work that ensured my relativity. 
  1. Dozens of comprehensive, concise, ready-to-use tools. 
  1. The structured LEADS model is a practical guide. 
  1. Countless tips and nuggets from the facilitator and participants. 
  1. Assessment and review of additional resources. 
  1. A practical system to design 100 activities beyond the classroom.

Bottom line: This is not a leadership course, but a program that introduces participants to all of the necessary components of great leadership development programs.

About the Author

Elaine Biech, president of ebb associates inc, a strategic implementation, leadership development, and experiential learning consulting firm, has been in the field for 30 years helping organizations work through large-scale change. She has presented at dozens of national and international conferences and has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, Investors Business Daily, and Fortune Magazine. She is the author and editor of over 50 books, including the ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals, ASTD Leadership Handbook, 10 Steps to Successful Training, The Ultimate Trainer, Thriving Through Change, The Business of Consulting, 2nd ed., and Training for Dummies. A long time volunteer for ASTD, she has served on ASTD's National Board of Directors, was the recipient of the 1992 ASTD Torch Award, the 2004 ASTD Volunteer Staff Partnership Award, and the 2006 Gordon Bliss Memorial Award. Elaine was instrumental in compiling the CPLP study guides and has designed five ASTD Certificate Programs. In addition to her work with ATD, she has served on the Independent Consultants Association's (ICA) Advisory Committee and on the Instructional Systems Association (ISA) board of directors.

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