Function Leader Development Experience

A Unique Development Experience

MDA’s Function Leader Development Experience (FLDE) is a comprehensive development program based on those factors most predictive of excellence in a functional role. Participants receive deep developmental insights through multiple assessments, pre-program alignment and coaching meetings, and post-program development coaching. The three-day program experience includes experientially based learning, simulations, practical tools, insights from world-class faculty and a network of highly accomplished and motivated peers. FLDE offers participants a unique strategic perspective as well as effective operational tactics, tools and frameworks to help them lead more effectively and increase their function’s strategic contributions to the organization’s overall success.

Click here to download the “Developing Those Who Lead Functions” white paper.

Five Roles Most Critical to Success


Why focus on roles rather than competencies? Because leaders experience their work as exercising different roles and can more clearly draw lines between their roles and the business outcomes they need. Roles create a solid basis for development planning. The goal is to improve the performance of your roles in ways that directly impact the business rather than to improve your ratings on discrete competencies.

The Right Investment

The unique value and influence of leaders who are leading a function has never been stronger. Today the function leader is a linchpin position and has arguably the greatest impact on overall business performance. Operating with increased spans of responsibility in flatter, more complex businesses, today’s function leader must possess both deep specialized knowledge and work effectively across boundaries with the skills, attributes and business acumen of the traditional general manager.

That’s why smart organizations invest in the function leader level of their talent pipeline. They experience a big performance payoff today and an even bigger payoff tomorrow, as the career path of many function leaders leads increasingly to a place at the CEO’s table.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify and increase the strategic contributions and value of their function for the overall organization

  • Apply tools and techniques as well as a proven change framework for more effective change implementation

  • Develop a talent mindset and use best-practice processes and tools for attracting, retaining and developing key talent

  • Influence more effectively across boundaries by establishing presence, credibility, alignment and buy-in among diverse stakeholders

  • Accelerate the pace of execution, raise the level of their team’s energy, and ensure greater follow through

  • Focus on the right development targets to improve their leadership effectiveness in the short- and long-term

“We had a great experience with the Function Leader Development Experience (FLDE). The payoff has been even beyond what we expected for the business. The people we selected to attend now have a close cohort relationship. Since then, a few of the participants have been promoted and are well positioned as successors to senior executive roles.” – Alixandra Colehour, Vice President, Human Resources, Select Comfort Corporation

C-suite Selection and Succession: Delivering Leadership Excellence for the Future

MDA Leadership helps CEOs articulate executive leadership needs, identify top talent, and accelerate C-suite transitions.

Senior Executive Blueprinting ™
Succession planning begins at the top. CEOs, in partnership with human resources and their boards, must think carefully about the talent they need for the future in key leadership roles. Similar to CEO Blueprinting™, MDA Leadership helps our clients articulate the executive leadership they will need to successfully navigate emerging business challenges and drive evolving strategies.
C-suite Selection and Succession
Not all C-suite hires and promotions achieve success. We help CEOs select the right executives by bringing an informed, experienced, and objective voice to the table. Based on a CEO’s criteria and an organization’s norms, we assess and analyze executive candidates to provide definitive and well-grounded promotion and hiring recommendations.
C-Suite Transitions
About 60% of executives say they were not prepared for the strategic challenges they faced in their new senior leadership roles.3 MDA Leadership accelerates effective transition into the C-suite. Through a unique discovery process, we help executives gain deep insight into what it will take to be successful given stakeholder expectations, team dynamics, and the nuances of C-suite leadership. Our seasoned coaches guide leaders in designing and executing highly relevant and engaging onboarding plans.

Board Services: Enhancing Board Effectiveness

MDA Leadership helps boards strengthen their governance roles and internal dynamics.

Board Evaluations
Most boards are required to evaluate their own performance on an annual basis—an exercise that can range from “checking the box” to an experience that truly engages board members in the right conversations. Our services include full board evaluations, individual director reviews, peer feedback, chair role transitions, and action planning.
Board and CEO Consultation
Creating strong board and CEO collaboration requires mutual trust and respect. Forging and maintaining productive relationships cannot be left to chance. MDA Leadership provides trusted advisor consultation for CEOs and their boards to foster alignment in critical areas such as decision-making, role clarity, governance, and communication.
CEO Coaching and Trusted Advisor Consultation
Two-thirds of CEOs don’t receive any outside advice on their leadership skills, and yet almost all would be receptive to suggestions from a coach.4 Since a one-size-fits-all playbook for CEOs doesn’t exist, MDA Leadership provides CEO coaching. Whether business performance is hitting the mark or not, even seasoned CEOs benefit from the safe place and counsel we provide to help them evolve their leadership.

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At MDA Leadership, we know there are no one-size-fits-all solutions for every organization. We take the time to get to know your business and your leadership needs and recommend a range of options that are the best fit for your growth goals. Let's see how MDA Leadership can optimize your Talent Strategy for the Long Run®.