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Why Leadership Programs Fail
A presentation by Dr. Bob Taylor, Senior Consultant at Oliver Group


Even the best leadership development programs do not guarantee success – for the organization or individual participants. In these programs, we don’t teach leadership; we help people understand their capacity to lead. Ultimately, leadership is a choice.


There are four roadblocks that often derail the outcomes associated with leadership development programs. They are purpose, participant selection, curriculum engagement and accountability.


If these roadblocks are not acknowledged, the program will neither result in better prepared leaders nor will the organization have developed people prepared for leadership roles. 


According to McKinsey & Company, 30% of US companies say they can’t exploit all business opportunities because they don’t have enough leaders with the right capabilities. This may seem strange considering that US companies spend $14B annually on developing leaders. Why is this and what can be done? This presentation covers best practices and techniques that your organization can use as you build or refine your leadership development programs. 


We will review the “why” of a leadership program. How individuals are identified and selected is an important focus. Curriculum design in terms of organization and participant involvement is discussed. Finally, we examine ways to ensure accountability for the program. This session will incorporate the best practices of leadership development programs – theories and applications. It will also provide practical ways in which your program will be successful.


 About Dr. Bob Taylor


Dr. Bob Taylor works with CEOs and Presidents on executive coaching, conflict resolution, strategic planning, succession planning and team building at The Oliver Group. He brings clients a diverse background that includes leadership positions in the military and education.

Bob began his career in the United States Air Force serving 20 years including 9 years as a professor at the USAF Academy.


He subsequently served as dean of the College of Business at the University of Louisville from 1984 - 2003, and then served as professor of management and Dean Emeritus at the University of Louisville.


He joined The Oliver Group in 2012. During his time at the University of Louisville, he also served as a consultant to a number of business schools globally and corporations and companies in the US. 


Bob has published many papers in scholarly journals including Business Horizons, the Academy of Management Journal, IEEE Transactions, and Personnel Journal. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society of Sigma Xi and has co-edited three books on leadership: Leadership: Challenges for Today’s Manager, Military Leadership: In pursuit of Excellence (6th edition), and Contemporary Issues in Leadership (7th Edition). 


He holds degrees from Allegheny College, an MBA from The Ohio State University, and a doctorate in Business Administration (Management and Organization Theory) from Indiana University. 

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