Leading Others Program

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Leadership Transformation & Accelerated Growth

Program Overview

The Leading Others program, the flagship program by Drake University Executive Education is designed for leaders seeking leadership transformation and accelerated growth. This program will help leaders to lead organizations through periods of both change and stability. Standard delivery is over a period of 8-9 months but we can also offer a shortened version over 4-6 months.


  • Measure your leadership competencies against the proprietary Drake Leadership Success Profile (360).
  • Discover and enhance leadership strengths to achieve new levels of performance.
  • Create a personalized leader development plan through executive coaching.
  • Learn strategies that enhance your organizational performance through the development of a 3-year business plan.
  • Engage in an executive learning experience and partner with the elite delivery team of Drake facilitators, coaches and cross-industry expert panelists.
  • Join the Drake University Executive Education Outstanding Alumni Leaders.

The Format

The program combines a unique opportunity to maximize learning and development while minimizing time away from the office.

Through a combination of executive coaching and two highly interactive classroom weeks, you move through the four program components (Leader Readiness, Leader Development, Organization Performance, and Leadership Sustainability) actually implementing as you learn.



  • Develop a structured approach to your leadership style
  • Unlock inspirational leadership capabilities
  • Shape the future of your organization
  • Learn to foster innovation and implement change
  • Prepare for senior responsibilities
  • Connect with peers and build lifelong relationships
  • Return with strategic action plans and leadership skills

Who Should Attend?

Who Should Attend Leading Others?

This program is designed for mid-to-senior level executives charged with creating organizational value, and mid-level executives preparing for more senior roles. Participants will develop both an actionable leadership development plan and a comprehensive, function-specific, business plan, leveraging tools and techniques designed to capitalize on key strengths

Program Details

Program Overview

Leader Readiness

Component 1

  • Complete the Drake Leadership Success Profile (360)
  • Identify current leadership challenges with personalized executive coaching sessions

Leader Development

Component 2 – Includes 40 Classroom Hours

  • ‍Identify your strengths and weaknesses through your Leadership Success Profile results
  • Create a personalized leader development plan
  • Learn practical tools to engage your team

Organization Performance

Component 3 – Includes 40 Classroom Hours

  • ‍Learn how to drive strategy and decision-making
  • Identify performance gaps and strategic opportunities
  • Create a three-year business plan for your function
  • Present your business plan to the Dolphin Tank

Leadership Sustainability

Component 4 – Includes 12 Classroom Hours

  • Understand your leadership gains through your re-assessment of the Leadership Success Profile
  • Complete your leader development plan, charting your continued journey to outstanding leadership
  • Evolve your three-year business plan to achieve greatest impact

Leadership Success Profile

Month 18 – Retake (Optional)

Leadership development is an ongoing process. As part of the program, participants will have the option to retake the Drake Leadership Success Profile within 18 months from the program start date, thus allowing for continuous observation and growth.

Additional Coaching Bundles

For those who wish to continue their professional development over and beyond the duration of the program, our Executive Coaches are available for additional coaching sessions!

Executive Faculty

Executive Faculty

Matthew Mitchell Matthew Mitchell, PhD
International Business & Strategy, Drake UniversityMatthew Mitchell, is an associate professor of International Business and Strategy, with expertise in the intersection of business strategy, politics, and religion in global markets. Mitchell has lived and worked in more than 75 countries, and has advised Fortune 500 companies, governments, and organizations in the areas of executive leadership development, risk management and analysis, and international management. He is a recipient of Drake’s Madelyn Levitt Teacher of the Year Award and is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce. He earned degrees in physics, math and an MBA from Rollins College, and a PhD in International Business from the University of South Carolina.
Hesham El-Gamal Hesham El-Gamal
Founding Partner & CEO, QuestHesham, founder and CEO of Quest, a business consulting and human development firm, has over 30 years of business experience in diversified fields such as process engineering, sales & marketing, and business strategy. As a certified Executive and Relationship Coach and a Master Facilitator, Hesham strives to help executive teams and individuals accelerate their professional growth through business simulations, customized leadership programs, and coaching based workshops. Hesham holds a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from Cairo University, and an Executive MBA from the ESC Rennes. He is also a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, and is currently the President of the ICF Chapter in Egypt.
Kavilash Chawla Kavilash Chawla
Founding Partner, Bâton GlobalKavi is a seasoned international business executive, entrepreneur, and investor with 20 plus years of experience working with organizations on the development and execution of their growth and development strategies. As an international finance and strategy expert, Kavi has worked with global and regional organizations, with primary geographic expertise in the Middle East and Asia. Prior to establishing his own firms, Kavi was in the Investment Banking Group with Deutsche Bank in London and with the United Nations in New York. Kavi holds a B.A. from Drake University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jeffrey Kappen Jeffrey Kappen, PhD
International Business & Management, Drake UniversityJeffrey Kappen is an assistant professor of International Business and Management with expertise in organizational management, global business, and sustainable development. Kappen directs Drake’s Principal Center for Global Citizenship and the Nelson Institute of International Affairs. Kappen has worked and consulted extensively in international sales, marketing and logistics with Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organization. He chairs the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business. Jeff has degrees in International Relations, French, and Russian from Beloit College, an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD in Management from the University of Massachusetts.

A Truly Transformational Program

Reasons Why “Leading Others” Is a Truly Transformational Program

1: Real World Experience & Application
Through the combination of Drake University College of Business and Industry Expert faculty, the program combines the best of theory and real-life application in business.

2: Executive Coaching
Seven (7) Executive Coaching sessions that will enable participants to gain insights and direction in their professional growth and leadership development.

3: A Tailored Leader Development Plan
With the help of the Drake Leadership Success Profile (360) and their executive coach, participants will develop their very own leader development plan.

4: A Function-Specific Business Plan
Participants build a three-year Business Plan for their function that can be readily implemented in the workplace.

5: A Cross-Industry Expert Panel: The Dolphin Tank!
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present their Business Plan to a panel of renowned regional and international executives.

6: Ensuring Return on Investment
A detailed plan of aligned support for the organization to ensure implementation of learning and maximize Return on Investment.

8: Maximizing on the learning and implementation, while minimizing on the time away from the office.



“The Leading Others program gave me a detailed, practical, and easy-to-understand roadmap to help me move from good to outstanding leadership, as well as tools and templates I can apply immediately to my leadership capabilities.”
Patrick Heaston
Manager – Global Credit Administration, John Deere Financial

“If I had to describe this program in one word, it would be transformational. If you’re open to this experience, it can change your life.”
Emily Berrier, Nationwide

“The Leading Others program gave me a detailed, practical, and easy-to-understand roadmap to help me move from good to outstanding leadership, as well as tools and templates I can apply immediately to my leadership capabilities.”
Patrick Heaston
Manager – Global Credit Administration, John Deere Financial

“I’m in a role where I work with others on developing their careers. Sometimes this means I’m last to take time for my development. Drake’s Leading Others has helped me with a master-level curriculum designed to identify and leverage my leadership strengths, an executive coach to help stretch me in areas of opportunity, and a structure to create an effective and impactful business plan. The combination of these three elements is like no other experience I’ve had in my 20-year career.”
Amanda Young
SVP Human Resources, Bankers Trust

“This program has revolutionized how I think about leadership.”
Ian Asplund
SVP Strategic Analytics, EMC Insurance

“This was a truly world class executive leadership experience! The instructors and the curriculum have given me a practical road map of how to increase my effectiveness in my organization. I also appreciated the opportunity to network with a group of highly talented peers across many diverse industries.”
Beth Nigut
SVP of Human Resources, EMC Insurance

“Leading Others is way more than just a leadership course — it’s a Master class in Leadership. The curriculum and the individual coaching empowered me to tailor my business plan, merging my personal leadership development with outcomes for my organization.”
Kellan Longnecker
Iowa Plant Manager, General Mills

“Drake University’s Leading Others program is the most comprehensive professional development opportunity I have experienced. The program masterfully introduces participants to principles of leadership, organizational and business planning. Where most programs stop here, Drake’s program takes it to the next level and introduces tools and techniques that tailors the experience to the individual leadership needs and goals.”
Ryan Waller
City Manager, City of Indianola

“To say this is a transformational experience is an understatement. Between the curriculum, the unique Dolphin Tank experience, and the coaching, I feel truly empowered!”
Nataliya Boychenko
AVP, Holmes Murphy

In-House Program

In-House Program

Let us bring this high-impact leadership development program to your workplace. To learn more or to discuss your options, email training@innoverto.com or call +971 4 338 5690.

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