This report presents the findings of a study of how a program designed for school superintendents in Florida affected thirty-eight individuals who participated. The Chef Executive Officer Leadership Development (CEOLDP) was developed by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Lasting one year, it begins with a six-day classroom experience designed to raise the participants’ awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as leaders and to encourage the setting of self-development goals and action plans. For the remainder of the year, subjects work toward their goals as well as implement projects aimed at improvements in their school systems. To facilitate this work, each is matched with an executive facilitator, another superintendent who is available as a guide, advisor and supporter; the participant also keeps a journal.

The study focused on three research questions:

  1. What outcomes did the program generate for participants?
  2. How did various parts or the program contribute to these outcomes?
  3. How and why did individual participants vary in therm of program outcomes?

Data to address these questions were collected quantitatively through the administration of psychological instruments, qualitatively through interviews, an idiographically through the examination of case studies. Download the full report for a complete look at our analysis and interpretation of this program.


Additional Author:

Martha W. Hughes-James was a research analyst at the Center for Creative Leadership. Her interests include leadership development in educational and nonprofit organizations, organizational diversity issues and gender differences in managers. She has coauthored several Center reports and articles on management development including Making Diversity Happen: Controversies and Solutions and Gender Differences in the Development of Mangers: How Women Managers Learn from Experience.  She holds a B.S in psychology from Guilford College and has completed graduate work in educational administration and research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Published: April 1994
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