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October 16-20, 2016
Palm Desert, CA

#1 Rated Leadership Development Program in the World*

20 Years of GILDNow in its 20th year, the Global Institute for Leadership Development® (GILD) is a proven, immersion-learning leadership development program known for accelerating the development of existing and future leaders. This five-day, competency and skill-based experience inspires leaders to new levels of effectiveness through practical solutions that enable them to transform their teams, their organizations, and their communities.

GILD can be leveraged as a stand-alone learning program, or as an educational component of a multifaceted, tailored leadership development solution called the Linkage Leadership Excellence and Acceleration Process.

GILD Attendee Pie Chart

The Global Institute for Leadership Development offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn, share, network and collaborate with hundreds of other leaders from around the globe. With nearly 50% of participants working at a vice-president level or above, GILD attendees range from high-potential emerging leaders to seasoned C-suite executives. They include:

  • Individuals identified as successor candidates or high-potentials with less than 10 years of management experience
  • Individuals serving as strategic leaders with enterprise-wide focus and long-term impact (e.g., general managers, vice presidents, business unit leaders, staff function leaders, and C-suite executives)
  • Intact leadership teams (the direct reports to the Senior Leaders described above) who customize their GILD experience to achieve a unique off-site team experience that blends leadership development and team building
  • Read GILD alumni perspectives on the program, collected from a Spring 2016 participant survey. For a copy of the full survey, please contact us at learnmore@linkageinc.com

Assess

Phase 1: Your Leadership Assessment

GILD is a great experience on its own—but it’s even better when it’s tailored just for you.

Before you join us in Palm Springs, you’ll complete the Leadership Assessment Instrument™ (LAI), a comprehensive 360º assessment designed around our High Impact Leadership Model™, which serves as the foundation for all we do at GILD. This assessment provides feedback from not only you, but also your peers, manager, and direct reports.

Based on your assessment, we’ll develop your Leadership Assessment Profile™, a custom report we will share with you upon your arrival at GILD. Your profile will include a detailed summary of your leadership competencies and skills, including strengths and areas for improvement. Your profile informs your development road map. Learn more about your personal GILD road map.

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Coach

Phase 2: Your Leadership Coach

In more than 25 years of executive and leadership development and coaching, we’ve worked with thousands of individuals, leaders, and leadership teams. At GILD, we leverage this breadth of experience to provide one-on-one coaching for all of our program participants.

Based on your LAI assessment results, an expert coach will work with you one-on-one to explore your leadership strengths and opportunities, and to build an action plan to turn potential into advancement and results.

You’ll meet with your personal coach for two one-hour, in-person coaching sessions while you attend GILD. Four to six weeks after the Institute, you will virtually connect for your third leadership coaching session—this follow-up session is critical to your on-going development and to discern your progress. Learn more about the executive coaches at GILD.

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Learn

Phase 3: Learn Leadership Lessons from Experts

At the heart of GILD is our core learning curriculum, filled with world-class instruction, led by more than 50 leadership experts from around the globe.

To provide diversity and unique perspective at every turn, our faculty includes a blend of current and past CEOs, world leaders, best-selling authors, humanitarians, renowned educators, and expert coaches and facilitators. Enjoy a 4:1 participant to faculty ratio that allows for in-depth learning opportunities in a variety of formats, including competency-based sessions, peer learning groups, informal networking, lectures, and one-on-one coaching. Learn more about GILD's award winning faculty.

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Connect

Phase 4: Small groups – Big conversations

Part of what makes GILD so unique is the opportunity to connect with other leaders from around the world. Beyond the networking sessions and people you’ll meet, you will join a facilitator-led learning team with 15-18 other leaders. You will meet every day for a daily “download” and learning exchange. You’ll discuss the day’s faculty line-up and session topics, share personal experiences, and discuss how these lessons relate to yourchallenges and opportunities. These small groups are what GILD is all about—leaders building leaders.

How do you get assigned to your learning team? We consider your experience, scope of responsibility, and preferred learning style. If your organization would like your team of leaders to stay together in a learning team, please let us know and we would be happy to work together to customize an agenda for your team. Learn how you will grow your leadership network at GILD.

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Apply

Phase 5: Continue Your Development beyond GILD

GILD is a five-day program filled with sessions, coaching, and unique learning opportunities—but it’s only five days. The real work begins when you resume your daily role within your organization.

GILD is hands-on to help you succeed when you return to “real life.” Make use of your 360° results and leverage the tools and new approaches you’ve learned. Stay in touch with contacts you’ve met at the Institute. Plus, there is your follow-up coaching session and access to Linkage's Year of Learning™. You’ll continue to learn so that when you return to the office, you’ll have a whole new perspective and set of experiences and challenges to build on. Watch an overview of Linkage's Year of Learning.

If your organization is interested in a customized leadership development solution that integrates GILD with additional leadership development experiences, contact us about Linkage's Leadership Excellence and Acceleration Process™ (LEAP).

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Michael Abrashoff

Michael Abrashoff

Former Navy Commander and Author

Former Navy Commander; author, It’s Your Ship

Jim Collins

Jim Collins

Author and Management Educator

Author of Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall and co-author of both Great By Choice and Built to Last.

Tamara J. Erickson

Tamara J. Erickson

McKinsey Award-winning Author

McKinsey Award-winning author; expert on organizations and the changing workforce

Alan Fine

Alan Fine

Founder & President, InsideOut Development

Founder & President, InsideOut Development; New York Times best-selling author

Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche

Innovation expert, Award-winning Author, and TV Host

Innovation expert; award-winning author, Exploiting Chaos; host, Trend Hunter TV

Phil Harkins

Phil Harkins

Founder & Executive Chairman of Linkage; Co-chair, GILD

Founder and Executive Chairman, Linkage; author, In Search of Leadership

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Author

Vice Chairman, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley; Author, Expect to Win and Strategize to Win

Richard Leider

Richard Leider

Founder & Chair of Inventure Group; Co-chair, GILD

Founder & Chair of Inventure Group; Author of The Power of Purpose

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni

New York Times Best-selling Author

New York Times best-selling author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Getting Naked

Dave Logan

Dave Logan

Co-founder, CultureSync and Author

New York Times best-selling author, Tribal Leadership; co-founder, CultureSync

Jamil Mahuad

Jamil Mahuad

Former President of Ecuador

Former President of Ecuador; contributing author, Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate

Roger Nierenberg

Roger Nierenberg

Creator and Author

Creator, The Music Paradigm; author, Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening

Nando Parrado

Nando Parrado

One of the Most Inspirational Speakers in the World

One of the most inspirational speakers in the world; “Survivor of the Andes”

Tim Sanders

Tim Sanders

Former Chief Solutions Officer, Yahoo

Former Chief Solutions Officer, Yahoo; best-selling author, Love Is the Killer App

Bill Strickland

Bill Strickland

CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation; a champion for empowerment of disadvantaged urban youth

Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman

President, The Wiseman Group; Author

President, The Wiseman Group; author

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day 1Sunday, October 16

Registration / Executive Coaching

High Impact Leadership with Phil Harkins and Richard Leider

Learning Team Meeting

Leadership Competency Session: Systems Thinking with Roger Nierenberg

Learning Team Meeting

Reception

day 2Monday, October 17

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Leadership Competency Session: Trusted Influence with Carla Harris

Reflection Time / Executive Coaching

Leadership Responsibility Session: Producing Results with Dave Logan

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Leadership Skill Session: Leading Teams with Patrick Lencioni

Learning Team Meeting

Leadership Responsibility Session: Building a High Performance Culture with Michael Abrashoff

Dinner with Learning Team

day 3Tuesday, October 18

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Leadership Skill Session: Strategic Thinking with Jim Collins

Reflection Time / Executive Coaching

Leadership Competency Session: Emotional Intelligence with Tim Sanders

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Leadership Responsibility Session: Creating the Vision with Bill Strickland

Reflection Time / Executive Coaching

Learning Team Meeting

Leadership Skill Session: Leading Change with Mitch Simon

day 4Wednesday, October 19

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Leadership Competency Session: Conceptual Thinking with Jeremy Gutsche

Reflection Time / Executive Coaching

Leadership Skill Session: Coaching and Mentoring with Alan Fine

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Leadership Skill Session: Problem Solving with Liz Wiseman

Reflection Time

Learning Team Meeting

Leadership Responsibility Session: Creating an Inclusive Organization with Tamara Erickson

day 5Thursday, October 20

Continental Breakfast / Executive Coaching

Leadership Skill Session: Communication and Negotiation with Jamil Mahuad

Reflection Time / Executive Coaching

Warren Bennis Award Presentation

Reflection Time / Executive Coaching

Lunch / Executive Coaching

Leadership Purpose with Richard Leider

Leadership Competency Session: Focused Drive with Nando Parrado

Book Signing with Nando Parrado

Learning Team Meeting

Gala Dinner and Closing Ceremonies

day 6Friday, October 21

Executive Coaching

GILD Alumni: $3,995/person
1-3 participants: $5,995/person
4-9 participants: $5,695/person
10+ participants: $5,195/person

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call +1.781.402.5555.

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Hotel Accommodations

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: +1.760.341.2211

Please note that the hotel charges are not included in the Institute registration fee. Institute participants should contact the hotel directly to arrange for accommodations. A limited block of rooms will be available at a special event rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make your reservation early.

 

Enrollment Policy
  1. Payment: Full tuition must be received in US funds. Group reservations will be billed to the primary contact unless otherwise specified.
  2. Cancellation: A $350 administrative fee will be applied to any cancellation at any time. After September 11, 2016, cancellation of any and all registrations—including “no shows”—is subject to the full Institute fee. An organization may substitute one executive for another at any time at no charge.

 

What is a typical day at GILD like?
Every day will likely leave you thinking, “...Wow, that was an intense day of learning and personal reflection on what I need to do to become an even better leader!” Each day, you’ll be challenged to think differently by world-class thought leaders, and in your one-on-one coaching sessions and learning team discussions. You’ll receive feedback, including insight from your coach on how your colleagues perceive you as a leader. You’ll network with other global leaders and share your perspectives during your small-group "Learning Team" sessions.

What’s the difference between GILD and a leadership conference?
There are many things that set GILD apart from typical leadership conferences—here are a few of the key differences:
 
GILD
  • Designed around a leadership competency model to ensure you're learning the most relevant content for your advancement
  • 360º assessment for real insight on your own personal leadership strengths and development areas, as noted by yourself and your direct reports, managers, and colleagues
  • One-on-one leadership development coaching based on your assessment results and dialogue
  • Facilitated small-group learning sessions ("learning teams," see below) with peers who are benchmarked to ensure common leadership challenges and levels of experience
  • Ongoing learning and development resources provided by Linkage throughout the year
 
What is a learning team?
Learning teams are facilitator-led small groups (15-20 participants) that meet for two hours each day. During these sessions, participants discuss how to apply what they are learning from the faculty into their daily work lives to become better leaders. Linkage organizes each learning team so that people with similar years of management experience, similar scope of responsibility, similar learning style, and similar leadership challenges are grouped together—this pre-planning helps participants get the most out of the small groups and allows the development of lasting peer relationships.
 
Will I be in a learning team with colleagues from my organization?
Some organizations send a “cohort” of high-potential leaders or senior leaders and choose to keep them together through the GILD experience (called an “intact team”), while others elect to have participants experience GILD as individual leaders, dispersed among various learning teams. Both experiences offer valuable benefits. Ultimately, this is a choice you and your organization will make.
 
How does the 360º leadership assessment work?
Linkage’s Leadership Assessment Instrument™ (LAI) is an 80-item online assessment. To complete the 360º component, you will nominate raters you would like to provide feedback (your manager, your direct reports, your peers, and others you believe would add valuable perspectives). The assessment takes about 20-30 minutes per individual to complete. Once you arrive at GILD, you and your leadership coach will receive your confidential assessment results—no one else receives the results unless you decide to share them. The assessment provides valuable insight and awareness for you to know your leadership strengths and development areas. The LAI is based on the five leadership competencies and six leadership skills that are the foundation of the High Impact Leadership Model™—a universal leadership model co-created by Warren Bennis and Linkage.
 
How does leadership coaching work at GILD?
Prior to GILD, you will have an opportunity to select your coach from a diverse pool of leadership coaches, based on biographical information shared with you before you arrive. Your selected coach will introduce him- or herself before the Institute to schedule two one-hour, on-site leadership coaching sessions during GILD. In these sessions, your coach will help you to understand your assessment results, and to jointly craft your Individual Development Plan (IDP). Four to six weeks after GILD, you will virtually reconnect with your coach to discuss the implementation of your IDP, to monitor its progress, and to identify and/or modify next steps based on your current status. Additional leadership coaching, beyond the three one-hour sessions, is also an available option.
 
What will a participant learn from the various faculty members?
Each GILD faculty member addresses one of the 16 components of the High Impact Leadership Model™. Though each session and faculty member varies, each will challenge you to think, behave, and motivate others differently with tools related to their particular area of expertise and competency.
 
What is the Senior Executive Leadership Forum (SEL)?
The SEL is a four-day, strategic development program embedded within GILD. Participants must be C-suite executives or successor candidates for C-suite within a one-year time horizon. SEL is led by Linkage’s founder and Executive Chairman, Phil Harkins, and addresses leadership dilemmas faced by C-suite executives; many of the GILD faculty join in a small-group discussion with these 15-20 executives.
 
Is there a dress code at GILD?
The dress code is business casual. We suggest you bring comfortable shoes and dress in layers as each day’s program will move between rooms and the temperatures are likely to vary.
 
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please notify us at customerservice@linkageinc.com if you have special dietary needs. Participants should also identify themselves to a member of the wait staff on-site at each meal.
 
*Rating by Leadership Excellence for seven consecutive years.