For Christopher Rogers, part of the appeal of the Leadership Development Program (LDP®) offered at the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) new Singapore campus was its relative closeness to Asia Pacific business centers, such as his company’s offices in Manila. But his top-most reason was the multinational diversity it promised to deliver.
“I think the content of LDP would have been just as valuable to me if I had attended in the U.S., because the instruments, the self-evaluations, the reflections and the feedback are the same no matter where you take it,” said Rogers, vice president of global information technology with Sykes Enterprises. “But from speaking with LDP alumni in my company, I knew that a lot of the benefit of the program comes from the interaction you have with your fellow learners. I very much wanted to attend in Singapore because my peers in the class would be people who lived and worked in the same environment that I did.”
Rogers’ employer endorsed his choice with an eye to the future. Sykes, a leading technical support and customer service company with 17,000-plus employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia, had been using LDP as part of its executive development program. “We really believe in developing all of the local management,” Rogers said. “So another reason for me to go to Singapore was to decide whether it would be more beneficial to send our people from the Philippines and China there rather than bring them to the U.S.”
The composition of his class was entirely as Rogers had hoped – comprising eight nationalities, a majority of whom were Asian but also including westerners working in Asia. “It was the perfect mixture of nationalities and professions and locations, and the class really jelled,” he said. “It was quite an enlightening experience getting feedback about your leadership traits through the eyes of the culture with which you interact.”
As an LDP alumnus, Rogers reflects that the universal significance of any developmental program lies in its focus on the individual. “In this program, you learn so much about yourself through the assessment instruments and the 360-degree feedback, and then you use that to define your goals and put forth a road map on how to get there.”
Since attending the Singapore program, Rogers has moved to his company’s headquarters in Tampa, where his CCL experience has proven just as meaningful because the bulk of his responsibilities involve Europe and Asia. “The LDP was a great experience for me and one that I have highly recommended both internally and beyond,” he said. “International companies can be assured that the content is consistent across all the geographies – and yet at the same time participants are able to make the connections and tie into local cultures.”