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Creating Leadership Development Programs

Dates: 27, 28 October

Local Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Venue: Civil Service Development Institute (Taipei Office)

Facilitator: Ethan Sanders

Language: English




Early Bird (Now~6/5)


Advanced (6/6~9/5)


Regular (9/6~10/15)


Course Info

Design and implement transformational leadership development programs that nurture high performers and prepare them to take on new roles within your organization. Take your leadership initiatives beyond individual training events and build the foundation for a holistic leadership development process that begins by laying the groundwork and partnering with senior executives.

The ATD LEADS model, an exclusive model based on industry-leading research and best practices, serves as the foundation for the course. Using the model as a guide, we will explore all the components necessary to build a successful program, from establishing organizational readiness and analyzing various assessment models to evaluating leadership competencies and behaviors and their relationship to your organization's workforce needs. Six case studies allow you to learn from other organizations that have implemented leadership development programs. This course addresses identifying candidates and designing developmental opportunities, including creating learning events. You will also learn how to sustain programs by demonstrating their impact on the bottom line.

Why You Should Attend

  • Discover the components of planning, designing, and sustaining best-in-class leadership development programs.

  • Directly align leadership development programs to your organization’s culture, goals, vision, and mission.

  • Review the latest research and trends on leadership development and compare best practices against your organization’s current approach.

  • Access dozens of ready-to-use tools and templates to support your design work.

  • Earn an industry-recognized ATD certificate and digital badge.

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.

  • 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.

Who Should Attend

This program is ideal for participants with backgrounds in learning design who have a business need to develop leaders and create effective leadership programs. The program focuses on understanding and applying best practices in developing a leadership development process, including designing learning experiences that nurture new leaders. This program is not a leadership course in and of itself.

Course Topics

Creating Leadership Development Programs

  • Assess the Organization

  • Leadership Development Process

Lay the Foundation

  • Define Key Business Drivers

  • Engage the Leaders from the Start

Envision the Future

  • Set Expectations

  • Leadership Competency

  • Leadership Commitment

Agree on and Articulate an Action Plan

  • Establish Goals

  • Select Participants

  • Build a Communication Plan

Design the Developmental Elements

  • Development Methods

  • Leadership Development Options

Sustain Progress

  • Process and Systems of Sustainability

  • Evaluation Methods

About The Facilitator

Ethan Sanders is the Founder and CEO of Sundial Learning Systems, a consulting firm specializing in the fields of organizational strategy, development, and engagement. Ethan has provided consulting services to clients in the public, nonprofit, military, and private sectors for over 30 years. His leadership experience includes building and leading Sundial, directing AARP’s learning and development function, leading a Human Performance practice for ICF International, directing career management for the US Navy’s Human Performance Center, and managing instructional design and competency research for the Association of Talent Development (formerly ASTD). He is a nationally recognized speaker who has published numerous books and articles on topics related to workplace learning and performance; he is also a certified performance technologist through the International Society for Performance Improvement, a certified action learning coach through the World Institute for Action Learning, and a certified Clifton Strengths coach through Gallup. Ethan is the recipient of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, the US Navy’s Meritorious Service Award, and the Association for Talent Development (ATD) ‘BEST Award”. Ethan has been a faculty member of ATD for over 25 years, an associate professor at the University of Maryland since 2010 and has presented at workplace learning and performance conferences around the world.

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Ethan S. Sanders

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