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Award for a Leadership Development Program

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Duty, honor, country; those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn . . . they build your basic character. Douglas MacArthur

Why do organizations come together yearly at the Excellence Fair held by the Professional Association for Computer Training?

It is because something worked well for an organization and valuable information needs to be shared. At last year’s Excellence Fair, Cargill, the international food provider (found in over fifty-nine countries), was recognized for their Transition into Leadership curriculum that helps employees transition into leadership roles.

So, what about Cargill’s leadership curriculum has led to such remarkable success? It began when Cargill recognized that talented team members also make great leaders. But the insights, skills, and vision needed to be an effective leader must be developed, practiced, and learned over time. 


Cargill's leadership development program focuses on providing new and aspiring leaders with the skills to confront a lead role's challenges and opportunities. In the program, aspiring and new leaders learn how-to guide, empower, and aid the efforts of others towards tremendous success. These newly developed leaders are instructed on how to lead people, are effective in their work, and fulfill leadership expectations.

So how is this leadership development program different from all the others? This program provides new leaders with the critical tools for leading effectively while at the same time making the program specific to the development needs of each attendee. Most programs on the market do not focus on the transformation process aspiring leaders must go through to maximize their effectiveness. 

The Transition into Leadership curriculum was designed to: 

  • Introduce the best ideas and practices in leadership today
  • Find the significant differences between leadership and management
  • Decide the participant's leadership strengths and areas for improvement
  • Develop and practice sound leadership skills and abilities
  • Learn best practices through close affiliation with other Cargill leaders
  • Communicate effectively and reinforce mission, goals, and vision
  • Take accountability for business results and team member development
  • Embrace change and challenge the comfort zone of team members

Cargill’s leadership development program places immense importance on its employees and knows that they are critical successful future. As a result, they seek the best programs to create development opportunities for their employees and leaders worldwide.

Cargill selected a partner in developing and implementing the Transition into the Leadership program. The third-party agency helped Cargill create, design, and implement their Transition into Leadership program and fulfill various training needs. 

This is only one of the many examples of how impressive companies inspire their workers to become leaders and secure a bright future by training enthusiastic new rising talent.

Does your company have a program like this?

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