Leadership Development Program (LDP)®

The longest-running leadership development program in the world, our flagship training is continually adapting to address the challenges facing today’s leaders.

“LDP transformed my understanding of leadership and what it means to work within an organization. I expected lectures and catch phrases but instead I found genuine connections and a new perspective on my life and my career.”

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Christy Byrd

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
North Carolina State University

Those leading from the middle of organizations face unique challenges, including getting the top and the bottom of the hierarchy to work together; collaborating across the organization — and across the globe; doing more with less; and maintaining resilience in the face of uncertainty and complex problems. As leaders balance demanding jobs and their lives outside of work, a clear understanding of one’s own leadership style and clarity around development goals is imperative for success.

Our world-class Leadership Development Program (LDP)® is a 5-day, research-based immersive training for mid-level leaders, available both online or in person. A deeply personal, feedback-intense, transformative learning experience, this world-class professional development for leaders helps give you clear perspective on who you are and how to thrive, both personally and professionally. It also equips you to forge a clear path forward in your career — with support for whatever the future may hold.


Mid- to senior-level leaders


Online or in person
(See COVID protocols)


5-day intensive, within a 16-week journey


Live instructor-led, with executive coach


Faculty-to-participant ratio: 1:12


The Leadership Development Program (LDP)®: About the Experience

What Participants Learn in Our Leadership Development Training Program

The longest-running program of its kind in the world, our flagship Leadership Development Program (LDP)® is a world-renowned, research-based training created especially for individuals in mid- to senior-level leadership positions.

It includes intensive, personalized assessments, innovative exercises, peer feedback, and one-on-one leadership coaching to help reinforce learning and transformation.

Participants in our Leadership Development Program learn to:

  • Bridge the gap between senior management and the front lines
  • Accelerate team performance organizationally and globally
  • Build a toolkit to develop resiliency and enhance impact, leveraging various roles and intersecting identities
  • Build a network of support to continue personal and professional development for leaders
  • Develop skills to elevate equity, activate diversity, and lead more inclusively

Our world-class leadership development training program builds the skills and confidence that leaders of managers need to build commitment and translate strategy into effective action.

Why Choose Our LDP, Our Flagship Leadership Development Program?

 With over 100,000 alumni around the world, our Leadership Development Program (LDP)® is:

  • Built around developing the 6 key skills that research has found are needed for mid-level leaders to succeed: influence, communication, thinking and acting systemically, self-awareness, learning agility, and resilience

  • Intense professional development for leaders, with highly personalized feedback, using a variety of validated assessment tools, as well as post-program assessment and individualized coaching sessions to ensure continued support and reinforcement

  • Research-backed and world-class, based on our decades of experience, but with updated content that’s continually evolving, based on our ongoing research into emerging best practices and the issues that matter most in today’s world

And ongoing post-program support is provided to extend the learning even further through our exclusive alumni community.

After completing our Leadership Development Program, participants consistently report greater self-awareness and positive changes related to influence, teamwork, and communication.

In fact, many will tell you that LDP was the most transformational development experience they’ve ever had in their career or personal life.

Leadership Development Program (LDP)®

Location Tuition
Online - Global $7,950 USD
Americas $7,950 USD
APAC $11,500 SGD
EMEA €7,500 EUR

Alternative Options & Formats:

U.S. federal government employee?The Center for Creative Leadership & Management Concepts logos
Our partner offers a version of this flagship program especially for leading in the government context. Explore the Federal Leadership Development Program.

Multiple participants?
Scale-up and volume pricing options available for organizations wishing to develop multiple mid-level managers, customize a version of this program for their unique context and culture, or run the full program on-site. Contact us for more details!

What Our Alumni Are Saying

Alumni of our flagship Leadership Development Program (LDP)® consistently tell us the same thing: their experience with us made a significant impact on their leadership and professional growth, and they’re grateful for the life-changing, transformational opportunity.

But don’t just take our word for it — take theirs.

“When was the last time you felt yourself noticeably grow in less than 5 days?”

Megan Kennedy

Head of Online Learning

“This program is transformational in the way it approaches your leadership style. Rather than tidbits or tips and tricks, this course will change the fundamentals of how you think through leadership, team building, workplace conflict and networking.”

Charlotte Wells

Client Services Manager

“LDP helped develop my thinking as a leader, as well as the most important aspect I learned during the week: actually receiving feedback. This course was fantastic and I enjoyed every day, especially given the diverse group of people that I experienced it with. I would gladly do another course with CCL after taking this course; it was well worth the time/money!”

Jon Maas

Director of Finance and Administration
Dancing Goat Distillery

“LDP will change your life if you let it. The program removes you from the day-to-day work environment and creates a unique learning culture I’ve never experienced before. Each step of the program is well-designed and strategic – you leave with tools and a personal coach to keep you accountable on your new goals. I highly recommend this investment in yourself!”

Sunshine Weihert

VP of Support Services
FAST Credit Union

Impact of Our Leadership Development Program

With over 100K alumni, our world-renowned Leadership Development Program (LDP)®, is the longest-running program of its kind in the world. Here’s what participants have to say about this transformational experience:

would recommend this program to a colleague
1 %
say they are better prepared for future responsibilities
1 %
say this program was worth the time & effort
1 %

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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Leadership Development Program (LDP)®

A leadership development program helps build an individual’s leadership skill and capacity to excel, both personally and professionally, in their role and organization. The best leadership development programs are research-based and build needed competencies while preparing leaders to tackle the challenges they face. At the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), we’ve been pioneering leadership training and research since the 1970s, and we literally hold the trademark for leadership development training with our flagship Leadership Development Program (LDP)®, the longest-running program of its kind in the world. With over 100,000 global alumni, our Leadership Development Program is widely recognized as best-in-class leadership training and provides a highly personalized, transformational learning experience for leaders.

Professional development is important for leaders because it helps ensure their skills and knowledge stay up-to-date. Our Leadership Development Program (LDP)® provides participants a clearer understanding of their leadership style, as well as opportunities for skill development and personal and professional goal-setting — which are crucial to success. The program is specifically tailored to support mid- to senior-level leaders, and helps them bridge the gap between senior management and the front lines while building self-awareness and critical leadership competencies. 

Participants of our Leadership Development Program (LDP)® learn how to lead more effectively across boundaries, align their teams around a shared direction, build team commitment and collaboration, solve complex issues and balance competing priorities, manage stress and increase resiliency, and engage with a network for support. 

Leaders at all levels can benefit from leadership development training programs, but our world-class Leadership Development Program (LDP)® is an immersive training created specifically for the needs of mid- to senior-level leaders — those who are “leading from the middle.” This may include team leaders, general managers, plant managers, regional managers, divisional managers, directors, and even vice presidents. This research-based leadership development training program is built around the 6 key skills mid-level leaders need to succeed.

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