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Creating Leadership Development Programs Certificate

Develop your future superstars.

Prepare top performers at all levels in your organization to take on management responsibilities through high-impact leadership development programs.

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Credits: CEU 1.4 MORE
Level: Capable
Role(s): Talent Development Director/Executive More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Consulting and Business Partnering More


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.

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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.

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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.
  • 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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Aligned to the Talent Development Capability Model

This course is aligned to the Career & Leadership Development Capability of the Talent Development Capability ModelTM.

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How Top Companies Get Results from Leadership Development Programs

What does it mean to be strategic at a time when the world—and work—is changing constantly? With enhanced expectations of our leaders, leadership development programs are more important than ever.

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Creating Leadership Development Certificate

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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
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.

Level: Capable
Roles: 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


Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program, including both face-to-face and live online formats, and completion of all coursework and a program evaluation are mandatory to receive the certificate of completion and continuing education credits.

Face-to-Face Programs:
Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate.

Live Online Programs:
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.

Make-up policy: You can miss and make up one session* by listening to a session recording. Instructions for reporting make-up sessions are posted on ATD’s learning platform.

*For full-day sessions, you can only miss up to 3.5 hours and make up the time by listening to the recording.


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


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Face-to-Face Program Components (if applicable):
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Live Online Program Components (if applicable):
You must log in to the learning platform to access course content and to join all live online sessions. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) capability to participate. Please join your session from a location with a strong internet connection and plan to use VoIP for your audio during the entire session.


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