ELDP Program Details

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The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) has been designed to respond to the emerging personnel needs the insular governments continue to face by providing customized leadership training to insular government employees. Program participants will meet four times over the course of one year to develop skills in leadership, management, government finance, procurement, and auditing.

Graduation Requirements

The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) is an intensive, year-long program that includes both in-class and between session assignments. To graduate from the program, participants must attend all four sessions and complete all ELDP required assignments and activities. Participants are required to attend all class sessions and every day during the sessions. The first three sessions are six days each, scheduled for Monday through Saturday; the last session is five days, Monday through Friday. The required assignments and the time during the program which they are due are:

Prior to the First Session
  • Completion of the Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI) by the ELDP participant
  • Completion of the Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI) by the ELDP participant’s supervisor
  • Completion of the Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI) by three of the ELDP participant’s peers
  • Completion of the Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI) by three of the ELDP participant’s subordinates
  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding between the ELDP participant’s supervisor and the ELDP program managers
During the First Session
  • Completion of the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Completion of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Scale
  • Completion of Health Self-Assessment
  • Identification of, and assignment to, a team project
  • Completion of draft project plan for team project
  • Draft of an Individual Development Plan (ILDP)
Prior to the Second Session
  • Selection of a mentor
  • Completion of a mentoring contract
  • Approved Individual Development Plan (ILDP)
  • Status report on progress on ILDP
  • Completion of 2-3 page report on management book selected from list provided
During the Second Session
  • Completion of updated project plan for team project
  • Presentation on team project
Prior to the Third Session
  • Mid-year Self Report on progress
  • Status report on progress on ILDP
  • Completion of 2-3 page report on management book selected from list provided
During the Third Session
  • Completion of updated project plan for team project
  • Presentation on team project
  • Organization self-assessment
  • Development of organization improvement plan
Prior to the Fourth Session
  • Completion of five interviews of recognized leaders*
    • 1-2 page summary of each interview
    • 2-3 page analysis of what the participant learned about leadership from the interviews
    • Preparation of brief (5 minute) oral presentation on interviews
  • Status report on progress on ILDP
  • Significant progress on the ILDP
  • Completion of team project
  • Completion of Social Styles Self-Assessment by participant
  • Completion of Social Styles Self-Assessment by participant’s colleagues
  • Completion of Program Impact Paper
During the Fourth Session
  • Final team project presentation
  • Presentation on interviews of leaders
  • End of program evaluation

*Note: the interviews can be conducted any time during the year, but the reports on the interviews are due prior to the fourth session.

ELDP Skills Development

Session #1: Assessment and Kickoff: Participants complete several self-evaluation instruments to determine leadership and managerial strengths. They also develop action plans to address skill needs, enhance strengths, their mentoring experience, and team projects. They leave the session with a schedule for ILDP implementation and timelines for reporting before the next session begins.

Session #2: Leadership Participants will learn about the thought and behavioral patterns of leaders. A general model of leadership is presented that includes the principles, purpose, people, and processes necessary for excellent leadership.

Session #3: Managing Organizations - People & Processes Participants develop a working knowledge of the government's processes such as budgeting, finance, operations, and how to manage the people and processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

Session #4: Capstone - Facing the Future Participants will integrate all of the activities throughout the past 12 months during this session. They will present the results of their major projects and other assignments. Additionally, they will develop personal strategic plans that integrate their training with future career paths.

ELDP Session Descriptions

The First Session

The first class session has two major goals:

  • Orient the ELDP participants to the program and its requirements, and
  • Provide the information, feedback and structure the participants need to create and implement Individual Leadership Development Plans (ILDPs).

The first session has ten sections—two modules providing introductory/orientation information and laying out expectations for the program, three modules providing self-assessment information for the participants to use in building their development plans (the Leadership Effectiveness Inventory, the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode instrument), three modules providing the foundation for future sessions (project scoping, project planning, and making effective presentations), and two modules in which the participants work on program requirements (their ILDPs and team project). The last day of the session project teams present their projects and define the scope of their projects to a panel of expert reviewers.

Through a variety of classroom exercises, lectures, simulations, case studies, self-assessments, and group and individual assignments, the class completes its tasks for the first week, begins to build its own identity, and coalesces into a team. The classroom activities and experiences lead the participants through a process of self-discovery and motivate them to enhance their leadership capabilities. The participants get opportunities to display the leadership skills that earned them entry into the program and further develop their leadership styles, skills, and competencies.

The ELDP participants leave the first class with two major products—a draft of their ILDP and the scope for a team project that will be completed during the year of their involvement in the program. The class also requires the participants to make a presentation explaining and defending their projects to a panel of government executives and to begin the development of a project plan for the execution of the project.

The Second Session

The goal of the second ELDP session is to introduce and discuss core leadership concepts, principles, tools, and techniques. These leadership practices are presented through ‘The Leadership Code—An Island-Style Approach to Leadership’. The Leadership Code comprises eight components:

  • The Aim of Real Leadership
  • The Way—Leadership Island Style
  • The Systems—Getting Things Done
  • The Patterns— Eight Critical Leadership Patterns
  • The Purpose—Knowing the Big Why
  • The Principles—Leading with Conviction
  • The Process—Optimizing Systems
  • The People—Empowering People

Based on the seminal leadership research and teachings of Deming, Juran, and other experts in the field, the session adapts basic knowledge about leadership to better suit island-style organizations and people. Using a series of lectures, individual and group exercises, and interactive activities, the session presents information about leadership, introduces the responsibilities and accountabilities of leaders, and explores specific tools, techniques, and practices leaders can use to be more effective.

The session also provides ELDP participants time to update or revise their Individual Development Plans and to work on their team projects. On the last day of the session participants present their team projects to a panel of experts for a critical review and feedback for improvement.

The session ends with a series of ‘homework’ assignments for the participants and planning for the next session of the program, Session III--Managing Organizations.

The Third Session

The goals of the third session is to Identify and understand the skills and knowledge needed to manage organizations and people effectively. To accomplish this goal participants:

  • Conduct an organizational self-assessment to identify the strengths and opportunities for improvement in the participants’ own agencies.
  • Learn how to establish and use performance measures to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of line managers in the audits.
  • Identify and practice the key interpersonal skills needed to manage staff effectively.
  • Practice teamwork and presentation skills.
  • Improve and refine ILDP and team projects.

In Session III participants identify, discuss and practice the skill and knowledge necessary to lead an organization. Starting with an assessment of their own organizations, participants build improvement plans to enhance the strengths and improve the weaknesses of their own agencies. The session covers performance measures, financial (including financial statements, audits, and the Performeter), operational, and managerial, leaders use to organize, direct, and lead their organizations.

Participants also learn about and practice the skills needed to manage staff and colleagues effectively. The class participates in a series of exercises to improve active listening and performance management skills, and practices the application of these skills to ‘real world’ situations they identify.

Finally, during the third session, participants hone their evaluation, presentation, and interpersonal skills working in teams and presenting their project results to the class via PowerPoint presentations. They also present their team project proposals to a panel of government executives and receive feedback to help them improve their projects.

The session ends with a series of ‘homework’ assignments for the participants and planning for the last session of the program, Session IV-The Capstone Class.

The Fourth Session

The fourth and final session of the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) is the capstone and graduation week. The class completes its program assignments, hears from several renowned speakers, makes its final project presentations, and participates in graduation ceremonies. Based on specific requests from class members, the last week covers topics of special interest. In previous Capstone Classes, some of these topics were:

  • Personal productivity,
  • Active listening,
  • Employee performance management, and
  • Healthier life-styles.

Previous classes have also studied social styles and how they can be managed to make organizations and individuals more effective. Social styles are the natural, ‘preferred’ ways in which people deal with each other. By being aware of one’s own social style, leaders can understand how they come across to others and how their behaviors are perceived by others. Similarly, by attending to others’ social styles, leaders can communicate more effectively with their staff and colleagues.

Final ELDP sessions have been filled with guest speakers who talked about their own leadership experiences. Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann presented ‘Mufi’s Maxims’ and how he applies them to his daily leadership tasks. Author and researcher Jack Heenan talked about how leaders lead dual lives and are able to balance their work with other life interests and goals.

On the last day of the program, the project teams make their final presentations and complete their year-long project assignments. In the afternoon, the class conducts its graduation ceremonies. Speaking on behalf of the 2009 class at its graduation, class member Ivan Alafonso said:

The object of your love and burning desire will define why YOU want to be a leader. WHY do YOU want to be a leader? When you have that answer, always remember the Sermon on the Mount…. “Be salt upon the earth.” Be light upon the earth…Upon your nations, upon your islands, upon your communities, and upon your families. Be salt upon them and be light amongst them. Give a brightness and flavor to their lives. Give them a reason to do good. Give them a reason to do well.

Go forth my fellows, be transformational leaders. Lead your communities and lead them well."

ELDP Schedule

The current schedule for the 2016-2017 ELDP sessions is as follows:

February 9, 2016ELDP Announced; Applications Received
March 29, 2016Application Process Closes
June 17, 2016Candidates for the ELDP class of 2017 Announced
August 22-26, 2016Session #1 - Assessment and Kickoff.
Class hosted by Government of Guam.
November 14-18, 2016Session #2 - Leadership.
Class hosted by Government of CNMI.
February 13-17, 2017Session #3 - Managing Organizations - People and Processes.
Class hosted by Republic of the Marshall Islands
June 5-9, 2017Session #4 - Capstone - Facing the Future.
Class held in Honolulu, HI.

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