Mid-Level and Frontline Leader Development

Upskill Your Team for Our New World of Work

The work environment is undergoing its greatest changes in at least two generations. Major shifts in workforce diversity, work-life fusion, flexible work arrangements, employee experience expectations, and burnout and well-being trends have combined to redefine the leader-employee dynamic to a human-to-human relationship. No wonder HR leaders in Gartner’s 2023 global survey identified Improving Leader and Manager Effectiveness as their top priority. Now is the time to upskill your team for this new world of work, combining the fundamentals of effective leadership with the latest neuroscience and behavioral science findings on what works, what is most needed now, and why.

Development Accelerators that Deliver Meaningful Impact

The essentials skills needed to lead effectively today require complex, higher-order strategic and interpersonal capabilities, combined with strong self-awareness. They are best developed in cohort groups, where expert facilitation, peer coaching, and targeted practice embed learning.

Target audience:

Mid-level and frontline leaders


  • 2-hour, 4-hour, and full-day options
  • Live virtual, in-person facilitated, and blended delivery
  • Train-the-trainer capability
Influencing Across Boundaries

Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • Internal Influencer: Always On
  • Influencing Others: What Does It Take?
  • Improving Lateral Relations, Strengthening Your Network
Leader as Coach

Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • Building Trusted Relationships
  • Feedback and Delegation that Really Work
  • In-Role and Career Development Coaching
Defining My Personal Leadership
Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • Defining Your Leadership Profile
  • Leveraging Crucible Moments
  • Applying Your Leadership Story for Impact
Leading with a Growth Mindset

Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • Growth Mindset versus Fixed Mindset
  • Team Challenge: Can You Nail This?
  • Team Practices to Enable a Growth Mindset Culture
Managing My Career

Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • Awaken, Align, Accelerate Framework
  • Identifying and Leveraging Your Growth Network
  • The Power of Mentorships
  • What’s your Superpower?
High Impact Conversations
Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • High Impact Conversations Model
  • Planning a Development Conversation
  • Addressing Resistance
Inclusive Leadership

Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • Identity and Culture
  • Decision Making and Unconscious Bias
  • Holding Culturally Challenging Conversations
  • Leveraging Team Diversity

Read our inclusive leadership case study.

Change Leadership

Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • Leading Sustainable Change
  • The People Side of Change and Addressing Resistance
  • Change Process and Tools
Driving Results
Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • Create Your Rally Cry
  • Keeping Scoring and the Progress Principle
  • Disciplined Follow Through: Ensuring Accountability
Strategic Thinking and Execution
Concepts, Tools, and Takeaways

  • Strategic Thinking Framework
  • Strategic Decision Making in Uncertainty
  • Tools and Practices

Future-Fit Leadership Series—Skillfully Leading in the New World of Work

Each of the offerings in this four-part series leverages the best research-based, science-informed findings from neuroscience, behavioral science, and leading-edge organizational practices. These innovative development sessions will equip your leaders to effectively embrace the new workplace reality and the future of work with confidence and competence.

Target audience:

Mid-level and frontline leaders


  • 2-hour, 4-hour, and full-day options
  • Live virtual, in-person facilitated, and blended delivery
  • Train-the-trainer capability
Optimizing Your Work and Well-Being: Get More Done with Less Stress

Reshape your daily work to maximize your productivity and minimize stress and burnout—and  help your team do the same. With work increasingly unmanageable and responsible for unnecessarily high emotional costs, we need practical, brain-based strategies and tips that help us get more done and improve our well-being. We can change this. Learn more.

Coaching in the New World of Work

To address major workplace shifts in flexible work arrangements and employee expectations for more inclusive, human-centered leadership, your leaders must lean into their roles as coaches like never before. This offering combines the fundamentals of effective coaching with the latest neuroscience and behavioral science findings to achieve coaching’s powerful triple agenda of strengthening relationships, accelerating development, and improving performance. Learn more.

Fostering Psychological Safety to Improve Team Performance

One of the most essential elements of high-performance teams is psychological safety. High psychological safety correlates with higher engagement and retention, greater cost-saving process improvements, and more marketable product and service innovations. In short, to learn, adapt, and win in today’s world, teams and organizations must operate in psychologically safe environments. This session provides a research-based four-part framework and specific practices your leaders can easily apply to enhance psychological safety and boost team performance. Learn more. Also, read our inclusive leadership case study.

Science Hacks for Day-to-Day People Leadership

Thousands of leadership books and articles spout advice for today’s leaders. But what does the latest and best science tell us really works? This session delivers the maximum impact in the minimum amount of time, offering over two-dozen evidence-based practices your leaders can apply now to significantly improve, even revolutionize, their day-to-day leadership impact. Learn more.

Essential Skills for Mid-Level and Frontline Leaders

While workplace changes may seem to have rewritten leadership expectations, much of what we know and believe about great leadership endures. But what is becoming increasingly clear is that tomorrow’s leaders will need to apply those enduring leadership capabilities with greater intensity and sophistication. MDA delivers high impact, expert-led, cohort-based skill building sessions and simulations addressing over a dozen essential competencies for mid-level and frontline leaders, in 2-hour, 4-hour, and full-day formats. Contact us to learn more.  


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®.