Leadership Experience Accelerator Program (LEAP)

LEAP: High Potential Leadership Certification

LEAP into your professional future.

The Creighton Business Institute offers the Leadership Experience Accelerator Program (LEAP), an intensive one-year leadership program designed to help high potential performers develop and hone their skills as leaders. Based on the 5E approach to development (examine, experience, exposure, education, and evaluate), LEAP produces innovative, critical thinkers who, in turn, transform their organizations through effective, authentic leadership. Upon successful program completion, participants will earn six credit hours towards an MBA within Creighton University’s Heider College of Business.

We have added the collective experience of the experts within Horizon Strategies made up of senior military leaders with extensive leadership, strategy and policy formulation, and strategic and operational planning experience along with academic excellence, research and graduate instruction.

Leadership is not about personality; it’s about behavior – an observable set of skills and abilities. It is often a shared responsibility requiring a personal, team and organizational approach. LEAP’s foundation rests on the four pillars of leadership: 

  • Individual Development
  • Pursuing Excellence
  • Authentic Team Collaboration, and
  • Serving Others.

Leadership based on these principles equals sound leadership.


To build a significant and impactful career in today’s increasingly collaborative global environment requires professionals to be more than skilled and compassionate team leaders. They must be decisive, visionary leaders. But this doesn’t just happen.

LEAP is a carefully crafted process offering leaders the opportunity to examine and evaluate their roles in an interactive and engaging learning environment. The outcome is the immediate application of new skills and honed talents in the work environment, resulting in operational improvement. The key to the Leadership Experience Accelerator Program (LEAP) is the ability for participants to explore and develop the four pillars of leadership as they apply to their respective work environments and then immediately apply this newly-acquired knowledge to their organizations and teams. Both reflective and action-driven, LEAP incorporates experience and exploration enhanced by mentoring and coaching.


Selecting and Managing High Profile Projects (Session 1)

The goal of the first session is to initiate a group project. Participation in this process will provide a practical demonstration of how leadership defines, evaluates, and justifies projects.

  • Leadership & decision making; from the view of the entire organization - what is it and how it should be communicated
  • Quantifying, assessing, and ranking portfolios of projects and programs
  • Estimating the costs and benefits, quantifying soft benefits, and ranking
  • Making tough decisions based on time and money limits
  • Stage gating alternatives: decision making with unknown variables
  • Guiding and developing others to provide the needed decision making information
  • Overview and orientation to the standards of practice for project management: PMBoK - five process groups and ten knowledge areas
  • Application of the standard within a project - experiential learning
  • Project Management standards applied to project for LEAP

Leading Teams (Session 2)

This session is designed with the idea of using the network of cohorts as part of the coaching, as the skills will first be tested within on the cohort before moving outward into the organization.

  • Getting teams to achieve results
    • Understanding how behavior changes in groups v. individuals
    • Motivating people in teams
  • Role of teams in organizations, characteristics of successful teams, types of teams
  • Why team work is important
  • Roles, responsibilities, accountabilities, communication, processes for quality work
  • Managing and leading teams for best outcomes

Interpersonal and Communication Skills in Leaders (Session 3)

You will learn how to encourage spirited dialogue, reduce the number of meetings needed, manage disagreement, and create alignment through better decision making

  • Know yourself: know your communication style and your preferences
  • Know your team: know the roles everyone plays and their participation style when communicating
  • Understand organizational and personal boundaries when communicating as a leader
  • Practice how to give effective feedback during upward and downward communication within an organization

Fiscal Leadership (Session 4)

  • Fiscal leadership in your organization
    • Expenses - salaries, plant and equipment, income
    • Payments and associated income streams
    • How to determine if the operation is on or off track
  • Fair compensation packages and the impact on people, teams, and work
  • Determining if a compensation plan will incentivise the desired performance
  • Fair market and inurement issues of compensation
  • Demographics (short and long range planning - capacity, staffing, etc.)
  • Coding and charge capture
  • Peer coding profiling
  • Accounts receivable management

Business Strategy (Session 5)

  • Analyze the various strategy theories, and how they inform development of strategy and implementation plans
  • Analyze and learn to apply a strategic planning model 
  • Analyze how culture and mission interact to affect organizational climate and the ability of leaders to affect change 
  • Analyze the concepts of leader vision, and intent enable the creation and effective application of both
  • Analyze the concepts of organizational adaptation and change, and understand how to assimilate change, provide predictability, and help others understand the reasons, advantages, and inherent risks of change
  • Analyze communication as an essential function of leadership and strategy implementation, and understand how to synchronize communications across a large, complex, and diversified organization

Performance Management (Session 6)

  • Quality management, quality assurance, and quality improvement
  • Inter-professional approaches for reducing process variation
  • Team approaches for:
    • Mistake proofing, simplification
    • Standardized work to reduce variation
    • Processes to continuously identify and stop errors and hazards
  • Testing change and seeing results
  • Making a new standard

Business Ethics (Session 7)

  • Step through ethics lens inventory results
  • Practice decision making by understanding values, character, and compromise
  • Learn the causes of moral failure
  • Identify strategies for moral leadership
  • Learn way of staying in shape (ethically speaking)

Negotiating and Conflict Resolution (Session 8)

Through the use of case studies, small group discussions, and simulations, participants will explore their own approach to conflict and will discover effective ways to productively engage and resolve conflict.

  • Introduces the skills of negotiating and offers hands-on experiences in the common steps of that process (preparation & negotiation) and the types of situations:
    • Find and maximize joint gain in negotiated agreements
    • Effectively and ethically claim value in negotiated agreements
  • Examine the role of mediation in resolving a variety of types of disputes
  • Learn how to assist parties to engage in creative problem solving

Leading Change Within Organizations (Session 9)

The program builds on a framework that can be easily explained and used in a variety of settings. It fosters diverse inputs and changes for strong organizational change

  • Analysis of how culture is transmitted; how to be more deliberate about it
  • Map of general and specific business environments and how this translates into environmental uncertainty within an organization
  • Diagnosis of organizational social structure and fit with environment



  • Understand the diversity of people, their capabilities and strengths, to unlock their potential
  • Create and lead cohesive teams that communicate, cooperate and collaborate
 to provide practical experience
  • Provide a productive work environment for creating and championing teams

  • Acquire the capacity to appreciate and respect individual contributions within teams

  • Reduce variation, improve quality and effectively use resources

  • Develop excellent communication skills that foster creative collaboration
  • Gain experience in integrating mission, strategy and tactics then implement change in these areas:
    • Mission and goals alignment

    • Quality Improvement 

    • Performance Management
    • Delivery of relevant research and education
  • Improve performance-based outcomes by eliminating waste through direct experience
  • Achieve improvements through effective team approach and process experts

This integrated program combines education, mentoring, networking, coaching and team projects to enable thoughtful development and growth throughout the year. Our program brings together leadership, management and experience to yield measurable change.

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Scheduled Classes

Call us at 402.280.4076 or email partnerships@creighton.edu to schedule a class for yourself or your organization today.