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Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College (LDI) & Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)


The MLP Experience

Maximizing Your Leadership Potential (MLP) creates a foundation for understanding the unique challenges facing first-time or less experienced managers. Participants leave the program better prepared for driving results by leading others and with far greater comfort in their roles as managers.

MLP is a comprehensive three-phase approach to learning which includes pre-program assessment, three days of face-to-face training and coaching and application back in the workplace.



Before the program week, participants, plus selected direct reports, peers and superiors, complete several web-based surveys, including a customized multi-rater assessment of 13 critical leadership competencies for first-level leaders.

Pre-program assessments provide

  • Insights to broaden leadership perspective.
  • A detailed picture of leadership strengths, behaviors and preferences.
  • Clarity about development needs.
  • A foundation for significant personal and professional growth.


For three days, participants are focused on the skills that will help them achieve the results they need back in the workplace. Led by highly qualified faculty, Maximizing Your Leadership Potential is a safe—but challenging—environment for learning, practice and goal setting.

The program includes

  • A focus on a current, key leadership challenge to connect leadership lessons to real issues.
  • Experiential activities and practice sessions tailored to provide deeper learning.
  • Faculty and peer feedback to provide insight, suggestions and support.


After the Maximizing Your Leadership Potential program ends, participants apply and sustain their learning with a package of resources.

Ongoing support includes

  • Two 30-minute phone coaching sessions with a certified CCL coach.
  • A job aid to help participants utilize tools introduced in the program.
  • Access to eLearning designed to reinforce lessons from the program, including courses, books, podcasts, articles and quick-reference checklists and tools.
  • Optional, fee-based learning and support, such as post-program coaching engagements, additional eLearning packages and custom initiatives to connect individual development to organizational needs.

White Paper

12 Challenges Facing New Managers

White Paper
by Center for Creative Leadership

Senior MLP Trainer Dr. Julia Welch discusses how the MLP helps first-time managers leverage skills for future success.

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