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 typically six days each, scheduled for Monday through Saturday; the last session is five days, Monday through Friday. The curriculum is described below but may be adjusted to accommodate the unique aspects of each ELDP class. A final schedule of deadlines and assignments will be provided during the opening session. The anticipated assignments and the time during the program which they are due are:

Prior to the First Session

All participants must complete two extensive surveys: the Leadership Effective Inventory (LEI), and Social Style Model (SS). In addition to their own self-assessments, both surveys are required to be completed by their supervisor, peers, and subordinates to provide them with 360° feedback on their leadership and management behaviors. They are responsible for ensuring that their assessors complete the LEI and SS surveys in a timely manner. The following must be done prior to Session One:

  • Complete the LEI/SS (ELDP participant).
  • Complete the LEI/SS (participant’s supervisor).
  • Complete the LEI/SS (three of the participant’s peers).
  • Complete the LEI/SS (three of the participant’s subordinates - if applicable).
  • Obtain signed Memorandum of Understanding between the ELDP participant’s supervisor and the ELDP program managers.
During the First Session

The kickoff session, August 17-22, 2020, includes a variety of sessions designed to help participants build an individual development plan (ILDP) and initiate several other long-term activities. During the first session participants will:

  • Begin to recognize their behavioral preferences, professional strengths and areas for growth
  • Identify their own social style and begin to appreciate style versatility
  • Learn the meaning of two key leadership skills: diagnosis and flexibility
  • Discover the stages of team development and be assigned to a team project
  • Complete a draft project plan for participant team projects
  • Draft your Individual Development Plan (ILDP) based on insights gained during the week
Prior to the Second Session

Assignments completed prior to the second session consist of homework from the first session that will serve as a roadmap throughout subsequent weeks and months. Participants will communicate with an instructor as they:

  • Select a mentor
  • Complete a mentoring contract
  • Seek approval of their Individual Leadership Development Plan (ILDP)
  • Report on their ILDP progress
  • Conduct and report on 2 leadership interviews with leaders that you choose
  • Complete a 2-3 page report on a management book selected for this program
During the Second Session

The second session, scheduled for November 2-7, 2020, creates an opportunity to think about leadership in the context of the Pacific Islands and the challenges unique to island governments. Additionally, participants will meet individually with instructors as they advance in their ILDP. Specifically, participants will:

  • Learn about the “5 Seeds of Leadership”
  • Report on and make adjustments to their ILDP
  • Present the status of their team project
Prior to the Third Session

At this point participants will have made significant progress on a variety of assignments.  Before the third session they will complete the following:

  • A status report on the progress of their ILDP
  • A status report on their mentoring relationship
  • Conduct and report on two more leadership interviews with leaders that participants choose
  • Preparatory work for Session III
During the Third Session

The third session, scheduled for February 1-6, 2021, is an in-depth case study of “Micro-Poly,” a fictional government facing a variety of challenges common to Pacific island governments.  Participant teams will spend the majority of time examining the case study and preparing policy recommendations to address problems assigned to their team.  Additionally, they will:

  • Present an update on their team project
  • Meet individually with instructors to update their ILDP
Prior to the Fourth Session

As we move toward the final week, participants will complete the remainder of your assignments, including:

  • Conduct and report on two final leader interviews with leaders that participants choose
  • Write a summary of what they have learned from their six leader interviews
  • Write a summary of what they have accomplished in their ILDP
  • Write a Program Impact Paper describing what they have learned over the course of the ten months
  • Prepare for their final team project presentation
During the Fourth Session

The capstone session, scheduled for June 7-12, 2021 in Honolulu, is a combination of guest speakers, topics of particular interest to the participant class, and a final presentation of team projects.  It is a celebration of all that has been accomplished during the year.  During the week participants will:

  • Participate in “capstone” program activities
  • Present their final team project report to a panel of advisors, including representatives from the Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs.
  • Complete an end of program evaluation

ELDP Skills Development

Session #1: Leading Self: Participants gain insight into their own leadership strengths and areas for improvement by reviewing results of two 360° instruments and participating in a variety of class activities. They also develop an Individual Leadership Development Plan (ILDP) to address their developmental needs. They leave the session with a schedule for ILDP implementation and due dates for reporting on other assignments throughout the program.

Session #2: Leading Others: Participants learn how to combine passion, reason, choice, empathy and discipline to lead others effectively by participating in highly interactive and experiential classroom activities.

Session #3: Leading Institutions: Participants are immersed in an in-depth case study to learn about the fiscal and economic challenges of small island governments, and to develop policy advocacy skills.

Session #4: Capstone – Looking to the Future: The final session is dedicated to reinforcing concepts learned throughout the year, to making final team project presentations, and to celebrating the participants’ learning during the ELDP. Participants will also create personal growth plans that focus on their next steps in developing as a leader.

During each of the above weeks, various guest speakers will address the group, and ELDP faculty will meet individually with participants to track their progress.

ELDP Session Descriptions

The First Session

Goals for Week 1 include the following:

  • Create community among the participants and instructors and set the tone for the program
  • Develop a shared understanding of some common leadership terms and concepts
  • Establish baseline information for participants regarding their leadership strengths and areas for improvement
  • Raise awareness of participants’ behavioral preferences and their impact on others
  • Initiate work on Micro-Poly team projects

Leadership begins with understanding oneself.  Week 1 is designed to focus on self-awareness and understanding how managing your own behavior impacts your ability to be an effective leader.  Participants will review 360° feedback on their leadership competencies and their personal style, and they will begin considering how they want to incorporate this information into their Individual Leadership Development Plan (ILDP).  Team dynamics theory will be introduced to prepare participants for working on their year-long Micro-Poly team projects.  A basic project planning model will also be discussed to provide structure for the projects.  An introduction to presentations and public speaking will demonstrate to participants what is expected of them when they deliver team project updates during each of the four sessions. 

Through a variety of classroom activities, participants will gain insights into themselves and each other as they begin to build group identity and individual plans of action.  Guest speakers will complement session content by adding personal, islands-focused leadership wisdom throughout the week.

The Second Session

Goals for Week 2 include the following:

  • Continue building community among participants and instructors
  • Revisit program expectations and assess progress on Individual Leadership Development Plans
  • Develop additional leadership skills by knowing and sowing the “Five Seeds of Leadership
  • Refine Micro-Poly Team Projects through group presentations and panel feedback

Based on the seminal leadership research and teachings of Bennis, Deming, Blanchard, Covey, and other experts in the field, Week 2 creates an opportunity for participants to think about leadership in the context of the Pacific Islands and the challenges unique to island governments.  Using a series of lectures, individual and group exercises, the session reinforces concepts introduced in Week 1, introduces the responsibilities and accountabilities of leaders, and explores specific tools, techniques, and practices leaders can use to be most effective.

Week 2 also provides participants time to update or revise their ILDPs and to work on their team projects.  Guest speakers will once again provide islands-specific insights. On the last day of the session, participants present their team project updates to a panel of experts for a critical review and feedback for improvement.  Participants meet individually with instructors during the week to discuss their progress and address any concerns they may have.  

The Third Session

Goals for Week 3 include the following:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of financial management as an essential leadership competency
  • Examine the basics of Interpreting financial and economic information provided in government and consultancy reports
  • Develop appreciation for the value of financial audits and the role of auditors
  • Experience the complex nature of high-level policy formulation and the risks of oversimplifying policy prescriptions
  • Demonstrate that effective policy advocacy will require participants to use all of their learned leadership skills

Week 3 of the ELDP challenges participants to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in the first six months of the program during an intensive, week-long exercise in leading institutions. Participants will be immersed in an in-depth case study to learn about the fiscal and economic challenges of small island governments, and to develop policy advocacy skills. They will learn through lectures and exercises how to interpret public sector balance sheets. They will work in small groups to analyze the origins and impacts of a fiscal crisis, and they will develop and present policy prescriptions for addressing the fiscal concerns.

Week 3 gives participants one last time to update or revise their ILDPs. They also present and receive feedback on their project updates during the week. Guest speakers discuss the challenges of leading island governments. And once again, participants meet individually with instructors to discuss their progress and address any concerns they may have.

The Fourth Session

Goals for Week 4 include the following:

  • Synthesize lessons learned during Weeks 1-3
  • Raise awareness about performance measurement and how organizational systems work
  • Prepare participants to continue their leadership development beyond the ELDP
  • Deliver Micro-Poly team project conclusions and recommendations
  • Celebrate participants’ growth during the ELDP

Week 4 represents the culmination of a year-long learning experience. Portions of the week are devoted to a final reinforcement of concepts covered during the previous ten months. Additional, cohort-specific content may be introduced based on participants’ expressed needs. Each person develops a forward looking personal growth plan. Inspirational island leaders address the group as they prepare to complete the program. Participants present their final project presentations to distinguished program stakeholders. The program ends with a formal graduation and celebration of the participants’ accomplishments.

ELDP Schedule

The current schedule for the 2020-2021 ELDP sessions is as follows:

February 15, 2020ELDP Announced; Applications Received
April 30, 2020Application Process Closes
June 15, 2020Candidates for the ELDP class of 2021 Announced
August 17-22, 2020Session #1 - Leading Self.
Class hosted by Guam.
November 2-7, 2020Session #2 - Leading Others.
Class hosted by the Marshall Islands.
February 1-6, 2021Session #3 - Leading Institutions.
Class hosted by CNMI.
June 7-12, 2021Session #4 - Capstone - Looking to the Future.
Class held in Honolulu, HI.

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