The L.E.A.P. Program™

Every organization values effective leaders, but most organizations do little to develop leadership skills. Now UT Dallas offers the best practices of leadership development in a “fast- track” program that taps your inner potential to become a high-impact leader.

The L.E.A.P. Program™ (*Leadership Effectiveness Accelerated Process™) focuses on a customized development plan, tailored by and for each participant. Through active learning sessions, group exercises, case studies and personal coaching, participants will:

Becoming an effective leader is not an event, it’s a process. By combining the latest in active learning techniques with individual coaching, The L.E.A.P. Program helps you achieve dramatic and measurable improvement in your leadership skills in just 10 months. Join with other high-potential leaders to make the most of your natural leadership abilities.

The L.E.A.P. Program™ and Leadership Effectiveness Accelerated Process™ are registered trademarks of Leadership Associates Consulting Group, presented in partnership with UT Dallas, Executive Education programs of the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

UT Dallas’ Executive Leadership Program: “LEADER” IS NOT A POSITION, IT IS AN ATTITUDE!

The L.E.A.P. Program™ (Leadership Effectiveness Accelerated Process™) is designed for experienced managers and executives who want to hone their leadership skills. This program provides the proven leadership tools, techniques, strategies and methods to transform you into a highly effective leader. The workshop environment enables interactive learning so learning happens by doing. Interacting with a peer group of leader-participants builds confidence and provides challenge and reinforcement.

The program starts with an in-depth assessment of individual core strengths. It then helps you design a custom plan for your personal development. Certified leadership coaches provide you guidance, encouragement and accountability throughout the process.

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Five half-day sessions at two-month intervals include interactive, high- energy training and teaching. In addition, participants are responsible for assigned reading, case studies, videos, worksheets and other assignments between sessions in order to practice and apply what has just been learned and begin exploring the next topics.

The L.E.A.P. Program’s primary assessment and development tool is the highly respected Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). Important elements of the acclaimed Leadership Challenge workshop are integrated into the L.E.A.P. Program.

Workshop Outline

Offered for corporate groups of 12 or more participants, the program can be customized and the schedule modified to meet the group’s needs. In its standard delivery form, the program requires five half-day sessions meeting once every two months. Attendance is essential.

  • Session One: Understanding what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to effective leadership
  • Session Two: Personal leadership assessment and development plans
  • Session Three: Communication styles, effective listening skills, situational leadership, the leader as coach
  • Session Four: Your personal core competencies, aligning values, decision-making, prioritization
  • Session Five: Vision-casting, creating loyalty and buy in, raising up a team of leaders, your long-range plan

Incorporating the proven best practices and tools for leadership development, L.E.A.P. brings out your unique effectiveness in a short time.

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This is done by engaging you in every dimension intellectually, emotionally and physically through interactive learning methods. The top-ranked assessment tool (included) not only identifies natural strengths, it becomes your planning tool for your individualized development. Interactions with other participants and personal coaching motivate you to stay on task and on the fast track.


The program includes, all materials, tools, books and videos. All instructor/speaker fees and coaching support are also included. For less than the cost of attending an executive workshop you are provided with everything you need to take a 10-month LEAP toward being your best as a leader.

Test Drives Available

Have a group of experienced managers, high-potentials or executives that could benefit by being more effective leaders? Schedule a live mini-workshop and we will give them a taste of the program and motivate them to see their greater potential as leaders. Offered at no cost to qualified groups in the D/FW regional area.

The L.E.A.P. Program™ and Leadership Effectiveness Accelerated Process™ are registered trademarks of Leadership Associates Consulting Group, presented in partnership with UT Dallas, Executive Education.

UT Dallas Executive Leadership Program: Seven Myths About Leadership

Myth: Leadership is something you have to be born with
Fact: Research has shown that effective leadership is a set of learned skills. For some people, their personality or talents may make it easier to learn these skills, but anyone can learn how to be highly effective in a leadership role.

Myth: Effective Leadership is not something that can be measured
Fact: A leader’s effectiveness can be measured by discovering how the leader’s behaviors impact the actions of others. Improvement over time can be measured in the same way. This is the exact method that the L.E.A.P. Program uses to assess participants and then to measure their improvement at the end of the program.

Myth: Being a leader means motivating others with “the carrot and the stick;” rewarding desired behavior and punishing undesired behavior.
Fact: The carrot and the stick approach is best reserved for motivating donkeys, not people! Effective leaders build mutual respect and trust with those they lead, and create an environment where people are empowered to do their best work.

Myth: Leadership takes too much time and effort, it is not efficient.
Fact: Yes, it takes time to get to know people, build a relationship, and truly understand them. But the payoffs of improved team attitude, loyalty and performance are far greater than the effort invested. And isn’t it a leader’s objective to be effective, rather than just efficient?

Myth: I am already a leader in my organization so I must not need any “leadership development”.
Fact: Having a senior manager or executive position comes with responsibilities and some inherent power, but that does not mean you are proficient at inspiring a shared vision or building an enthusiastic team. To be a truly effective leader requires training, tools, guidance and experience, all provided to you in the L.E.A.P. Program.

Myth: The things that would motivate my people are not in my control, so I cannot be responsible for their attitude and performance.
Fact: Studies have shown that about 70% of factors that determine employees’ efforts are within their manager’s control. Also, the most common reason good people leave their job for another is due to a “poor relationship with the boss.”

Myth: I don’t have the time to invest in a leadership development process over ten months.
Fact: It’s a competitive marketplace and organizations value proven leadership ability. You owe it to yourself to fully leverage your natural leadership abilities. The L.E.A.P. Program requires five half-day training sessions, plus about an hour per week for additional study and application. In ten months you will acquire new insights, habits, skills, and tools that will serve you for the rest of your life.

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The L.E.A.P. Program™ and Leadership Effectiveness Accelerated Process™ are registered trademarks of Leadership Associates Consulting Group, presented in partnership with UT Dallas, Executive Education, Naveen Jindal School of Management.

David Spivey Program Director
Veronica Blanco Program Coordinator