Leadership Development

Accelerating Leadership Development

Developing competent leaders ready to replace retiring Baby Boomers and support continued growth presents immense challenges such as:

  • Identifying new leadership skills needed for the future
  • Recruiting and retaining young high potential leaders
  • Creating practical, cost effective leadership development programs
  • Developing leaders much faster than in the past
  • Implementing realistic succession plans in small and mid-sized organizations

We provide CEOs, line executives and association directors with innovative ways to reduce the risks of inadequate leadership development. As co-author of The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management, Dr. David DeLong is an authority on how to build an effective top team in today’s rapidly changing business environment. This is done through:

  • Keynote presentations
  • Workshops
  • Webinars
  • Consulting
  • Coaching
  • Executive retreats

Leadership Development Services

We're pleased to offer the following Leadership Development services.

Leaders in small and medium-sized organizations often think they can’t afford to invest in succession planning. Wrong! Using a combination of executive briefings, interactive workshops and practical diagnostic tools we help top management evaluate succession planning and leadership development options to choose the most promising approaches.

Given our deep experience with many critical leadership capabilities, we offer a series of onsite workshops or webinars on specific topics, such as managing change, strategic planning, and thinking systemically. Every session is customized to the needs and challenges facing leaders in your organization.

Often top management underestimates the development challenges facing its less experienced leaders. Using interviews with high potential employees and a variety of diagnostic tools, we help organizations develop a clear understanding of the current state of their talent pipeline, so investment decisions in leadership development are directly linked to strategic objectives.

Learning on the job can be painful and slow, but regular access to experts who are veterans at working with C-level executives, accelerates individual development by addressing specific needs fast and effectively.

Why Collaborate with Smart Workforce Strategies

Working with you to accelerate leadership development

Dr. David DeLong is an authority on the changing nature of leadership in today’s complex organizations. Smart Workforce Strategies partners with leading international experts in succession planning and executive development to provide innovative and cost effective solutions. David’s experience includes:

What Others Are Saying

“Your presentation was a great kick-off for our ACLI Executive Roundtable meeting. The topic was important to all the CEOs in the room – and your presentation style and energy got the entire group engaged...”
Mark Thresher

President, Nationwide Financial
See Testimonial Letter

"David, your ideas for solving today’s talent problems and accelerating leadership development really resonated with our executive audience. Your efforts to research our industry and tailor your talks to our leaders’ needs were outstanding."
Ralph Nappi
Executive Director, National Printing Equipment Association

"Thanks for your terrific presentation at the annual VHA Mountain States Leadership Conference. You really zeroed in on the workforce and talent management issues facing our healthcare clients.  Your customized approach to our executive audience was a tremendous hit. It was great working with you, and we look forward to collaborating again!"
Joan Evans
Senior Vice President, VHA Mountain States

Popular Programs for Leaders

Accelerating Leadership Development: Lessons From the Leading Edge

This interactive session gives participants frameworks and techniques for accelerating the development of their own and other’s leadership skills. Issues such as increasing leadership capacity, avoiding burnout, and raising the visibility of high potentials are addressed.


Reloading Your Talent Pipeline: Accelerating Leadership Development to Drive Growth

Is your organization’s talent pool dangerously thin? New hires should be in the pipeline now to take over future high-skill jobs and leadership roles. Here are five secrets of how to accelerate the development of the next generation of leaders. These practical solutions will have immediate impact on your talent readiness. You will discover:

  • The high cost of failed succession planning
  • Current trends in the shortage of veteran leaders
  • How to identify & retain high potential candidates
  • Knowledge transfer solutions that drive performance