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Leadership Education and Advancement ProgramLeadership Development Program for International Students

The Leadership Education and Advancement Program (LEAP) is an exclusive offering designed for international groups seeking leadership skills training in the United States.  This unique program combines classroom time with targeted site visits based on the participants’ interests and learning objectives. 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

To get the most out of LEAP, delegates typically arrive on a Saturday afternoon. 

After checking into the hotel, the group meets for an interactive orientation followed by a welcome dinner.

The program resumes the following morning at 8:00 am.   Over the next four days, classroom teaching starts at that time and concludes at 2:30 pm.  Our classroom activities follow adult learning principles.  The program is filled with “on-your-feet” exercises and interactive discussions.  We do not believe in “death by PowerPoint” or lecturing. 

During our week together, LEAP delegates work with a skilled facilitator and spend their mornings and early afternoons exploring the essential elements of leading a team:

  • Leadership versus Management
  • Self-Awareness and Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • How Leaders Listen
  • Power and Influence
  • Motivation
  • Delegation and Goal Setting
  • Employee Accountability
  • Empowerment and Coaching
  • Conflict Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Presentations that Persuade and Influence
  • Effective Meetings

At 2:45 pm each day, site visits begin.  Typically we schedule between two and five locations each day and conclude with a group dinner.

Previous programs have included a mixture of the following:

  • Consulates and Embassies
  • Dental Practices
  • Emergency Services Centers
  • Factory Tours
  • Farms
  • Fire Departments
  • Food Pantries
  • Government Offices
  • Health Departments
  • Historic Sites
  • Hospitals
  • Humane Societies
  • Landfills
  • Large Retailers
  • Libraries
  • Medical Practices
  • Museums
  • Offices of Information Technology
  • Planetariums
  • Police Departments
  • Schools
  • Science Centers
  • Senior Centers
  • Supermarkets
  • Water Treatment Facilities

We choose locations based on the needs of each delegation.  All site visits have relevance to effective leadership, and the visits are debriefed daily.  Activities with a more touristic appeal are left to the end of the program. 

On the last full day in the United States, usually a Friday, we wake early and head for New York City.  While there, participants will have an opportunity to view the Statue of Liberty, visit the United Nations, explore Central Park, tour the Cathedral of Saint John the Devine, and see the lights of Times Square and Broadway.

The next day, we are back in Washington, DC.  After checking out of the hotel, we travel to the United States Capitol and White House Visitor Center.  Our final stop before arriving at the airport to return home is the Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

CLASSROOM HIGHLIGHTS

Day One

LEAP classroom training begins with an in-depth discussion about leadership versus management and how the two differ but are complimentary and necessarily linked.  Participants then explore communication styles, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence.  The group will learn the importance of these three things and how mastery of each impacts their ability to effectively lead.

  • Leadership versus Management
  • Self-Awareness and Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence

Day Two

Session two starts off with an examination of listening skills.  Group members will discuss the value of listening in leadership and how they can improve their ability to fully understand and connect with others.  This segment leads into the second module, power and influence.  During this part of the course, delegates will discover how to gain influence regardless of their titles and formal positions within a group. The final part of the day focuses on motivation and getting the most out of a team.

  • How Leaders Listen
  • Power and Influence
  • Motivation

Day Three

The third day of the classroom program looks at employee accountability, setting clear goals, delegating, coaching, and navigating conflicts as they arise.  The group will explore best practices and specific steps for developing and retaining top talent.  They will also discuss a proven framework for addressing unacceptable behaviors and performance gaps.

  • Employee Accountability, Delegation, and Goal Setting
  • Empowerment and Coaching
  • Conflict Management

Day Four

Day four begins with an exploration of strategic models, tools, and methods for evaluating ideas and planning for the future.  The group will practice several techniques for solving problems and thinking “outside the box”.   This session concludes with a segment on presentation skills and executive presence.

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving 
  • Presentations that Persuade and Influence

Day Five

Our final day of classroom training opens with a segment on facilitation skills and running effective meetings.  Next, the participants will review several case studies and apply the skills they have learned throughout the week to real-world scenarios.  The day concludes with participant presentations and certificate awards.

  • Effective Meetings
  • Leadership Case Studies
  • Final Presentations

LOCATION

LEAP classroom training is conducted in Charles County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC.  This location provides participants with economical accommodations and access to urban, suburban, and rural sites.

MATERIALS

Jumpstart Your Leadership

Lessons in Leadership

StrengthsFinder 2.0

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

The Communication Jungle

PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

We find participants get the most out of their time in the United States when the program is highly structured.  For this reason, we plan full days.  We want to expose each group to a wide range of experiences while they are with us and for each participant to feel like a valued guest in the United States.

COST

Group of 20 Students

Cost Breakdown Per Student Excluding Airfare and Visas:

$2,800 Education Fee

$350 Transportation Fee (This includes airport transfer and all sites visits.)

$150 Materials

$1360 Room and Meals or $860 Room and Meals with Shared Room (Two Beds)

Total Cost:   $4,660 (Single Room) Per Student

                       $4,160 (Double Room) Per Student

 

Group of 15 Students

Cost Breakdown Per Student Excluding Airfare and Visas:

$3,400 Education Fee

$435 Transportation Fee (This includes airport transfer and all sites visits.)

$150 Materials

$1360 Room and Meals or $860 Room and Meals with Shared Room (Two Beds)

Total Cost:   $5,345 (Single Room) Per Student

                       $4,845 (Double Room) Per Student

 

Group of 10 Students

Cost Breakdown Per Student Excluding Airfare and Visas:

$4,000 Education Fee

$625 Transportation Fee (This includes airport transfer and all sites visits.)

$150 Materials

$1360 Room and Meals or $860 Room and Meals with Shared Room (Two Beds)

Total Cost:   $6,135 (Single Room) Per Student

                       $5,635 (Double Room) Per Student

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What experience do you have working with international groups?

We have worked with groups from Bangladesh, Tanzania, Azerbaijan, Turkey, India, Kuwait, and Canada.

How long has your company been in business?

We opened our doors in 2000.

How are you qualified to teach this program?

Our facilitators are credentialed instructors and have held senior leadership positions with large companies.  All have several decades of work experience.

How do you determine which sites to visit?

To arrange a meaningful program, we survey the delegates and/or primary contact.  We ask about learning objectives, job functions, and job-specific challenges.  From there, we select appropriate sites to visit.

I don’t have a group, but I would like to participate in this course.  May I join another group?

No.  Due to the highly customized nature of this program, we have not found this option to work well and therefore do not offer it.

Will you get me a visa if I need one?

We are not directly involved in the visa process.  Please review the instructions for how to request visa on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply.  We will provide you with a letter outlining the program and your group’s desire to participate.

What happens if I get sick and require medical care while participating in LEAP?

We strongly suggest all delegates invest in short-term insurance while in the United States.  You can find companies offering this product by searching the internet.  Alternatively, we can provide you with a partial list of providers upon request.

I have relatives in the United States and would like to spend time with them instead of participating in the site visits.  Is this possible?

LEAP is a structured program and follows a fixed schedule.  If you would like to visit relatives or friends while in the United States, we recommend you extend your visit and see them when the program concludes.

I want to go somewhere not on the itinerary, is this possible? 

We do our best to accommodate requests that don’t interrupt the program.  If you would like to try a certain food or visit a type of store, we should be able to make that happen.  On the other hand, if you want to take afternoon to visit the Grand Canyon which is more than 2000 miles away, that’s not going to work.

What kind of food and drinks do you offer during the program?

A hot and cold breakfast buffet is available each morning.  For lunch and dinner, we will provide you with a minimum of three options; one of which will be vegetarian.  Snacks and beverages are also available throughout the day.  Alcoholic beverages may be available at some dinners.  These are not covered by the program fee and must be purchased directly by participants.

How did you determine the price for this program? 

We truly enjoy working with international groups and have priced this offering competitively. 

I want to modify LEAP for my group.  How much does that cost?

Please contact us at 301-934-3250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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