In a rapidly changing and complex society, the vital role of leadership in all sectors is more important than it has ever been. As companies continue to adjust to ever-changing demands, cultivating a workplace environment in which employees are motivated, productive and innovative becomes vital to the growth of the organization.
Since 2008, Gonzaga University's Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) in Spokane, Washington, has been giving rising talent and high-potential corporate employees the chance to stretch the skills they already possess, making them an even more valuable asset to their teams. In short, the mission of the Emerging Leaders Program is to accelerate one's leadership development.
In this nine-month program, ELP participants collaborate with direct supervisors to create, or continue working on, a company project. In conjunction with the project, each participant undergoes thorough leadership assessments (360 and EQ), and attends six full-day courses on relevant leadership topics. At each session, participants will have the opportunity to learn directly from guest CEOs, who will present real life case-studies and offer their wisdom in navigating the complexities of leadership.
While Gonzaga University has long been known for excellent leadership programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level, the ELP grew out of a need for more leadership development within the local private sector. By extending training and mentorship opportunities to the Inland Northwest's up-and-coming corporate leaders, the Emerging Leaders Program provides the mechanisms for promising professionals to develop their self-awareness, confidence, and communication skills as leaders.
Dr. Joe Albert, co-founder of the Emerging Leaders Program
Rachelle Strawther, Program Coordinator