A large, global insurance company with a well-developed leadership development program for early career, high-potential employees in both management and actuarial tracks sought to enhance the leadership skills and cohort-building of these employees. The Human Resources and Organizational Development staff chose to partner with the Paul College Executive Development programs to design a program which would focus on the life events, values, and ideas that have shaped each individual as a leader and how they can maintain their direction and purpose throughout the duration of their career.
A two-day “Authentic Leadership Development Program” was co-created and co-delivered at the company’s headquarters. Senior leaders were integrated into each session to deliver interactive presentations demonstrating their authenticity as leaders – describing how they have been shaped as leaders of their company. Participants modeled this with one another to gain a greater depth of understanding and camaraderie within their leadership development program cohort.
The senior leaders, HR and OD staff, and all 60 participants in the leadership development programs found the programs to be highly engaging and enriching. A new depth of understanding of the senior leaders and high-potential employees was reached. A common leadership language was created centered on values and behaviors. Follow-on group coaching was built into each cohort’s program which created meaningful conversations between the participants and the Paul College faculty leader around current leadership challenges. Participants felt a greater sense of trust and an ability to be open and honest with one another which has translated into work they collaborate on regularly.