Influencing leadership journeys for over 20 years
The path of a leader is never linear and requires support, influence, and wisdom from many different sources. Now in its 21st year, Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development® (GILD) is one way for existing and future leaders to delve into the many components of what it takes to be a great leader and leave with actionable knowledge and tools to get there.
GILD is a five-day, competency and skill-based, immersion-learning leadership development program known for accelerating and inspiring participants to reach new levels of effectiveness through practical solutions that enable them to transform themselves and their teams, organizations and communities.
“I had the opportunity to attend Linkage's GILD … and simply can't say enough great things about it. If you're looking for a vehicle to help you transform your leadership and discover your passion and purpose…. Simply put―it's a game changer.”
―Sarah Guay, Director of Organizational Effectiveness at American Savings Bank
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™.
Participants benefit from in-depth learning opportunities in a variety of formats, including competency-based sessions, peer learning groups, informal networking, and one-on-one coaching.
The Global Institute for Leadership Development attendees range from high-potential emerging leaders to seasoned C-suite executives.
Depending on your level, your experience will be tailored just for you. Our world-class faculty is comprised of a blend of current and past CEOs, best-selling authors, humanitarians, renowned educators, and expert coaches and facilitators.
“I … walked away re-invigorated on my purpose of helping organizations embrace the importance of great leadership. Warren Bennis was an incredible inspiration to me in graduate school and why I dedicated my career to organizational development. His spirit lives on through GILD by combining several vital elements that truly transform individuals’ mindsets of how great leaders think and act to create meaningful impact.”
―Jackie Fitzgerald, Director, Executive Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Before arriving, you’ll complete the Leadership Assessment Instrument™ (LAI), a comprehensive 360º assessment designed around our proprietary leadership model, which serves as the foundation for your learning experience 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 a personalized report that you’ll receive. It includes a detailed summary of your leadership competencies and skills and informs your personal development road map.
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 one 1-hour, in-person coaching session. Following GILD, you’ll virtually connect for two more coaching sessions. This follow-up is critical to your on-going development and measurement of progress.
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, comprised of a blend of current and past CEOs, best-selling authors, humanitarians, renowned educators, and expert coaches and facilitators.
Small groups – Big conversations
Beyond networking and meeting new people, you’ll join a facilitator-led learning team with 15-18 other leaders, meeting 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 talk about how these lessons relate to your challenges and opportunities as a leader.
When assigning individuals to learning teams we consider your experience, scope of responsibility, and preferred learning style. If your organization would like your team of leaders to stay together, please let us know and we’d be happy to customize an agenda for your team.
Continue your development beyond GILD
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 sessions and access to 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™.
Venue & Logistics
1-3 participants: $5,995/person
For other GILD customization pricing,
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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.
- Payment: Full tuition must be received in US funds. Group reservations will be billed to the primary contact unless otherwise specified.
- Cancellation: A $350 administrative fee will be applied to any cancellation at any time. After September 18, 2017, 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?
Each day of GILD will build on the previous day’s insights. You’ll be challenged to think differently by world-class thought leaders. 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 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:
- Designed around a leadership competency model to ensure you're learning the most relevant content for your advancement
- Provides a 360º assessment for real insight into your personal leadership strengths and development areas, as noted by yourself and your direct reports, managers, and colleagues
- Personalized 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 (15-18 participants) that meet for two hours each day. During these sessions, participants discuss how to apply what they’re 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, scope of responsibility, learning style, and leadership challenges are grouped together.
Will I be in a learning team with colleagues from my organization?
Some organizations send a group of high-potential leaders or senior leaders and choose to keep them together through the GILD experience (also referred to as 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-question 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 coach will review your confidential assessment results—no one else receives the results unless you decide to share them. The assessment provides valuable insight on your leadership strengths and development areas. The LAI is based on the Linkage proprietary leadership model and its related competencies.
How does leadership coaching work at GILD?
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’ll virtually reconnect with your coach twice to discuss the implementation of your IDP, to monitor its progress, and to identify and/or modify next steps based on your current status.
What will a participant learn from the various faculty members?
Each GILD faculty member addresses one of the components of our 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 Senior Executive Leadership Forum is a four-day, strategic development program embedded within the Institute, exclusively for participants who are C-suite executives or successor candidates for C-suite within a one-year time horizon. The Leadership Forum facilitates small, peer group discussions to address leadership challenges common to senior level executives. Many of our Institute keynote faculty join in these private, executive discussions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have special dietary needs. Participants should also identify themselves to a member of the wait staff on-site at each meal.