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  • Decatur Leadership Masters

    Decatur Leadership Masters Program is a ten-week program that includes intensive character- and results-based coaching, collaborative learning, and applied training to develop “bench strength” within local business, non-profit, and government entities. Leadership Masters equips leaders, at any career stage within local businesses, with the skills necessary to produce results that help their businesses thrive and grow.  

    What is Leadership Masters?

    Decatur Leadership Masters is not a lot of talking about leadership, or 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. 

    The Leadership Masters agenda is based on world-class, research-based content. The agenda is also largely the product of the individual participant, his/her organization and/or business unit: your business strategy, your plan, your goals, your actions. The program focuses on helping participants to improve their leadership competency, by building upon their unique existing strengths, goals and the results that are needed in the businesses in which they work. This is achieved by setting specific learning objectives and expected outcomes for the program, along with a primary focus on the business objectives and desired outcomes of the participants. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 -- especially when senior leaders may be retiring within six months to five years. 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 an executive coach, a Certified Business Coach and Certified Career Specialist with more than 25 years of experience. 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. Mark is program director for the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce.

    What is the time commitment? Kickoff is Thursday, March 2 and the program runs for ten (10) Thursdays from early March through mid-May 2017, from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Participants will have individual field work to complete between sessions and asked to turn in goal achievement plans upon completion. Each participant will also receive three individual executive coaching sessions, schedule TBD. Management update meetings are scheduled upon request.

    Are Continuing Education Units available? The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce will provide a course description and/or outline, verify content and contact hours, and award participants with a certificate of completion. It is up to the individual participant to ensure their course work satisfies their particular requirements for their professional certification. The Masters curriculum has been approved for as many as 20 credit hours in other instances.

  • Pricing

    DLI Alumni - $1,145
    Chamber Members - $1,195
    Non-members - $1,455
    Early Bird Discount $100 off
    if paid by February 2

  • 2017 Class Schedule 

    March 2 - Session 1: Kickoff
    March 9 - Session 2
    March 16 - Session 3
    March 23 - Session 4:
    (Individual Coaching)
    March 30 - Session 5
    April 6 - Session 6
    April 20 - Session 7
    April 27 - Session 8
    May 11 - Session 9
    May 18 - Session 10


  • Contact

    For more information, preview dates, how to apply, pricing, or a complimentary advance coaching session, contact Mark Sturgell by e-mail or call (217) 422-2200.