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The Successful Leadership Development Program: How to Build It and How to Keep It Going by Richard T. Rees, Jo-Ann C. Byrne

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Obtaining Administrative and Financial Support

We had now demonstrated very effectively that a leadership development program could have a measurable, positive ROI. That stumbling block was over. With those results in hand and a firm belief that such a program would not only enhance the individuals who participated but also the overall organization, it was time to “wow” the executive team and board. Gaining their support was crucial; when we evaluated the time required to effectively participate in the program, we knew that, without the permission and “blessing” of the executive team, people would find it difficult—if not impossible—to take the time away from their busy days to attend. There would be an overwhelming sense of “I don't have ...

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