FAQs

Global Institute for Leadership Development®

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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
  • The GILD Platinum pass 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 to 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 styles, 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 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 Purposeful Leadership 360º Assessment work?

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). 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 Purposeful Leadership Assessment 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 Growth Plan (IGP). Four to six weeks after GILD, you’ll reconnect virtually with your coach twice to discuss the implementation of your IGP, 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.

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 onsite at each meal.

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