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Leadership Development Programs

An organization is only as good as its leaders. The markets are changing faster than ever. Customers are more demanding. Employees expect more. What are you doing to keep up?

How You Will Benefit

• Proactively develop successors for company and/or department managers

• Optimize the performance of current leaders

• Improve your company’s bench strength

• Develop high-potential employees

• Retain high-performing employees by showing your commitment to their development


Who Should Participate

  • Current company leaders
  • Department and functional leaders
  • Supervisors and foremen
  • Successors
  • High potential individuals

How it Works

Every great team has both strong “starters” and a strong "bench" – those players who can step in when the starters need them. Spader’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) increases the performance of your starters and will also strengthen the depth of your bench.

Participate in one of our open programs, or work with us to customize a program to meet your company's needs.

Your company’s participants will be stretched to new levels of performance as they are continuously challenged to develop new capabilities. Improvement is visible in these fast-paced, performance-focused sessions. Participants go back to work and are required to implement their new knowledge on the job before returning for the next session a few months later.

Each subsequent session reinforces prior learning and adds another level of depth. After five sessions over the course of 16 to 24 months, participants have developed the new leadership and management skills they need for today’s business environment and into the future! 

The Process

 Participants attend five 3-day sessions over the course of 18 to 24 months.

Between session the complete mandatory assignments to implement their new knowledge and develop finely-tuned capabilities.

Each participant selects an improvement project they will implement in their company. This culminates in a presentation of their results at the final session.

Participants graduate when they completed all requirements successfully!

Three Types of LDP

We offer three types of leadership development programs so you’re sure to find one to fit your needs:

Open – These programs are open to all who wish to participate. They utilize a proven curriculum and participants benefit from working with leaders and managers from other industries and positions.

Shared – This option allows companies to partner with one or two other businesses in their geographic area, usually from the same industry. This allows some customization as you select session dates and locations that work for your companies. LDP trainers/consultants travel to your selected location(s).

Private – This option is designed for companies with at least 10 participants who want to have a leadership development program customized to their needs. It enables senior leaders to learn and mentor younger leaders throughout the sessions. We often create two or three teams to work on company projects with the sponsorship of a senior leader guiding each team.

Leaders Versus Managers

Much has been written about the difference between a “leader” and a “manager.” Our research and experience indicate that less than five percent of people are both good managers and good leaders! Therefore, the difference is important to understand because certain situations and positions require more of one than of the other. Most people in roles of authority and influence need to demonstrate both at certain times depending on the needs of their organization, even though most people are not skilled at both.

Leaders tend to be future-oriented, focused on change, and seek to influence others by engaging their emotions and garnering their commitment. Managers, by contrast, are typically more present-focused, interested in controlling systems and processes and on holding people accountable based on defined roles. 

Leadership Focus Management Focus
Future Present
Change Accountability
Emotions Systems and processes
Growth Stability
Vision and strategy Operations

Dr. Michael O’Connor explains the importance of each focus in the book, Stepping Stones to Success

  • “The effective leader’s greatest contribution is to the growth of the organization, while the effective manager’s most essential contribution is to its survival and stability.” 
  • “The leader role requires a focus on strategic exploration and development, while the managerial role calls for optimizing the tactical implementation of adopted organizational strategies to make sure they succeed.”

While we have called this program, “Leadership Development,” the curriculum focuses on developing both leadership and management capabilities. Both are necessary in every organization, and those in key positions should possess capabilities in both areas. At minimum, people in key positions need awareness of both in order to create the balance necessary in their organizations. Spader LDP provides the perfect forum to proactively develop those capabilities, making your organization’s leadership (and management) team even more effective! 

Session Focus Areas

  • Self Management 
  • Managing By Values® 
  • PRO-dative™ Total Leadership and Management 
  • 360° Assessments 
  • Leadership Simulations 
  • Leadership versus Management 
  • Group Learning 
  • Effective Coaching 
  • Hiring Winners 
  • Effective Performance Reviews 
  • Customer Service 
  • Video Case Studies
  • Customer Smart Selling & Servicing 
  • Case Study Applications 
  • Customer Problem Resolution Process and Simulation 
  • Others… 
  • 3D Strategy Development 
  • Understanding and Using Key Expense Ratios 
  • Financial Simulations 
  • Successful Change Management 
  • Organizational Assessment 
  • Others…
Other Significant Groups 
  • Manufacturer Presentations and/or Visits
  • Key Vendor/Partner Round Tables 
  • Community Activities 
  • Others… 
 Customized Topics for Your Organization
  • Function/Department Focus 
  • Merging Organizations Focus
  • Others… 


You Will Receive

  • Five sessions over 18-24 months 
  • Simulations, assessments and applications that demonstrate the progress of your new skills
  • Resource binder with tools 
  • Individualized assignments designed to help you practice the new skills you learn at each session back in your regular work areas 
  • Ongoing support and advice from your LDP instructors


The Spader LDP program has provided me not only with a diverse set of tools I utilize to increase my effectiveness as a leader, but the session combine a dynamic and diverse group of people from multiple industries that really take the training sessions to a higher level.

--Sarah Friedenberg

The leadership Development Program has helped to develop the leadership capabilities of our leadership team as well as create a company culture of teamwork and cooperation. This program teaches our employees the value of teamwork utilizing real life examples, case studies, and class exercises. The program also helps to further develop our employees’ leadership and decision-making skills using the pro-daptive management process, including decision making exercises and on the job applications. Spader keeps the class sessions interesting and fun with entertaining exercises and interaction.

--Ryan Hebert

I have been fortunate enough over the past decade to attend various different Spader Business Management training and consulting sessions focused on problem-solving and optimization of the human element in business.  The LDP program synthesizes all of this transformational content into a single multi-year program.  While the body of the time-tested Spader curriculum has tremendous value, I found the Pro-daptive model in particular to be a simple, powerful, and effective tool that became part of our daily business vernacular immediately.  The perspectives, insights and proven strategies are invaluable and in my opinion will have a significant positive impact on any organization.  I would recommend the program to anyone in a Leadership position with any organization.

--Joe Zueger


Contact us to learn more about how a Spader LDP program can help your business find fulfilling success.


Contact us to learn more about how a Spader LDP program can help your business find fulfilling success.