Chapmanville Leadership Development Program

Fortifying high-achieving leaders

Leadership is the axis on which the world turns. For a community to realize its full potential, its leaders must possess and refine the tools they need to develop, grow, and adapt. The Chapmanville Leadership Development Program (CLDP) addresses these challenges. Hosted at the Florida International University (FIU) Chapman Graduate School, CLDP welcomes senior leaders from across Miami-Dade County government to engage in cutting-edge seminars led by world-renowned experts in a range of leadership and associated disciplines, all aimed at enhancing the leadership and management skills of the Miami-Dade County executive team.

U.S. firms invest some $14 billion annually on leadership development. Companies such as General Electric, Boeing, and Deloitte continue to invest in training their leaders, because the long-term costs of foregoing that investment in continuous improvement are incalculable. High-performing executives, much like high-performing athletes, recognize the importance of relentlessly refining their innate abilities through training, practice, discipline, and innovation.

Public entities face similar challenges. To address these needs, CLDP assembles an eclectic faculty whose curriculum emphasizes experiential learning techniques that broaden the horizons of Miami-Dade County leaders who will guide our great community well into the 21st century.


“Tell me and I forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Experiential learning is the pedagogical philosophy of the program. This approach employs interactive exercises that promote the development of creative and effective strategies, individually and in small groups. By participating in hands-on activities, individuals will apply recently learned information and master the concepts. Furthermore, the skills learned during the activities become more easily transferrable to the workplace. Recently, neuroscientists have shown through fMRI studies that experiential learning is among the most effective learning tools. Individuals who have participated in experiential learning exercises have strengthened neural connections that exist long after the activity.


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