What is Leadership Masters?
Leadership Masters is a ten-week program that equips leaders, at any career stage within local businesses, to produce the results necessary for their businesses to thrive and grow. It helps YOU become the leader you want and need to be based on your goals and your organization's goals. It includes intensive character- and results-based executive coaching, collaborative learning, and applied training to develop "bench strength" within local business, non-profit, and government entities. This does not replace the time-proven, annual citizenship course affectionately known as DLI (Decatur Leadership Institute) -- Leadership Masters is distinctly different in method and outcome.
Leadership Masters is NOT a lot of talking about leadership. DLI Masters is NOT a lot of leaders talking at you. It is NOT based on purely academic or theoretical content about leadership, and it is NOT focused on the generic or amalgamated interests of every possible organization represented.
Who is the target audience?
- Yes, there is world-class, research-based and experiential content,
- Yet the agenda is the product of the individual participant, his/her organization and/or business unit: your business strategy, your plan, your goals.
- Yes, it does improve the leadership competency of participants,
- Yet competency is built upon their unique existing strengths, goals and the results that are needed in the businesses in which they work.
- Yes, there are specific learning objectives and expected outcomes to the DLI Masters process,
- Yet, the business objectives and desired outcomes of participants and their companies are the primary focus.
- Yes, you may still promote super workers to supervisors,
- Yet, you will be advancing your business based on the focused potential of inspired, more experienced leaders, rather than solely on their past performance as workers and merely the hope that they can lead.
People at all career stages who want to lead others to produce desired results; MASTERS is especially powerful for Emerging Leaders and mid-career professionals. This is ideal for companies without succession planning or formal leadership development processes in place. Ideally, each class of 15 people will include a cross-section of organizational leadership from for-profit businesses, non-profits, and government entities.
What is the value to my company for the cost of the program?
Leadership Masters gives you a local, affordable, and high-payoff solution to develop people who can lead effectively now and in the future. The focus is on your business strategy, your plan, your goals, your results. The agenda is the product of the individual participant and organization or business unit. You set the goals you want to achieve that align with your organization?s mission and goals. In this way, Leadership Masters is extremely self-customizing when it comes to outcomes. And it all happens right here in Decatur, IL ? no travel costs or lost time while out of town.
Who is the teacher?
Mark Sturgell, CBC, is a Certified Business Coach and Certified Career Specialist with more than 25 years coaching experience, and is owner of Performance Development Network for 15 years. Mark has developed and led similar programs for companies like GSI, ISAE, ADM, Caterpillar, Hardees Restaurants, and the City of Bloomington, IL; he has lead C-level nationwide mastermind groups; and he is an executive coach for individuals including small business owners, senior sales professionals, corporate managers and executives nationwide. Mark is program director for the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce.
What is the time commitment?
The Kickoff session is Thursday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; the program runs for mostly consecutive Thursdays through mid-May. Participants will have individual applied field work to complete between sessions. Each participant will also receive three individually scheduled executive coaching sessions. Coach/facilitator Mark Sturgell also encourages participating companies to schedule at least one management update meeting during the program.
*February 1, 2018 Early Bird Registration Deadline: $100 savings
*February 15, 2018 Final Deadline Registration
March 1, 2018 Session 1: Kickoff/Orientation
March 8, 2018 Session 2
March 15, 2018 Session 3
March 22, 2018 Session 4
March 29, 2018 Session 5
April 12, 2018 Session 6
April 19, 2018 Session 7
April 26, 2018 Session 8
May 10, 2018 Session 9
May 17, 2018 Session 10
May 24, 2018 Graduation Luncheon
What do I need to do?
Contact us for more information, preview dates, how to apply, pricing, Registration Packet, or for a comprehensive white paper about Leadership Masters. Program director Mark Sturgell can be reached at (217) 422-2200 ext. 101.
Leadership Masters White Paper
Leadership Masters Application
Leadership Masters Executive Summary
Three Approaches to Leader Development