executive leadership

Leadership Transformation & Accelerated Growth

About the program

The Drake Executive Leadership Program is an open-enrollment program designed for leaders seeking transformation and accelerated growth. The program curriculum and format provides participants with the knowledge and tools that enable them to guide their organizations through periods of both change and stability. Our business and professional development programs leverage the Drake University signature learning experience: one that is transformative, empirical, readied and international. The program includes nearly 100 hours of orchestrated learning and is supported by a cross-industry cohort.

The Format

The program combines a unique opportunity to maximize learning and development while minimizing time away from the office. Through a combination of executive coaching and two highly interactive classroom weeks, you move through the four program components  (Leader Readiness, Leader Development, Organization Performance and Leadership Sustainability) actually implementing as you learn.

Program Components

Benefits of Joining the Executive Leadership Program

Real World Experience and Application

Through the combination of Drake University College of Business and Public Administration and industry expert faculty, this program combines the best of theory and real-life application in business.

A Tailored Leader Development Plan

With the help of the Drake Leadership Success Profile (360) and your executive coach, you will develop your very own leader development plan—a clearly defined action plan to assist your individual leadership development.

Business Plan

Build a three year business plan for your function which can be readily implemented.

A Cross-Industry Expert Panel: The Dolphin Tank!

A once-in-a lifetime opportunity to present your function-specific Business Plan to a panel of renowned regional and international executives.

Executive Coaching

Gain insights and direction in your professional growth and leadership development thorough a combination of one-on-one and group coaching sessions.

Client Testimonial

Drake University’s leadership program is the most comprehensive professional development opportunity I have experienced. The program masterfully introduces participants to principles of leadership, organizational and business planning. Where most programs stop here, Drake’s program takes it to the next level and introduces tools and techniques that tailors the experience to the individual leadership needs and goals.

Ryan Waller

City Manager, City of Indianola

Ryan Waller — City Manager, City of Indianola

Client Testimonial

The leadership program has introduced me to a process of developing myself and team members in a constructive and productive method that I believe all leaders should take and employers should implement. It keeps you focused on the positive actions that you can take to contribute to your personal and organization's mission and success.

Georgia Van Gundy

Senior VP of Administration, Hy-Vee

Georgia Van Gundy — Executive Director, Iowa Business Council

Client Testimonial

This is way more than just a leadership course — it’s a Masterclass in Leadership. The curriculum and the individual coaching empowered me to tailor my business plan, merging my personal leadership development with outcomes for my organization.

Kellan Longenecker

Iowa Plant Manager, General Mills

Kellan Longenecker — Iowa Plant Manager, General Mills
Photo by Duane Tinkey, Business Publications Corporation

Who Should Attend?

This program has been specifically designed to provide those in mid-to-senior level leadership roles with tools and techniques to understand what “outstanding leadership” looks like, and emerge with a relevant leader development plan and business plan that is readily implementable within the organization.

Leadership Transformation & Accelerated Growth


  • Measure your leadership competencies against the proprietary Drake Leadership Success Profile (360).
  • Discover and enhance leadership strengths to achieve new levels of performance.
  • Create a personalized leader development plan through executive coaching.
  • Learn strategies to enhance your organization’s performance, creating a three-year Business Plan for your function.
  • Be instructed and coached via an executive delivery team including deeply experienced Drake facilitators, executive coaches, and a cross-industry expert panel.
  • Join the Drake University Executive Education Outstanding Alumni Leaders.


  • Develop a structured approach to your leadership style
  • Unlock inspirational leadership capabilities
  • Shape the future of your organization
  • Learn to foster innovation and implement change
  • Prepare for senior responsibilities
  • Connect with peers and build lifelong relationships
  • Return with strategic action plans and leadership skills

Client Testimonial

If I had to describe this program in one word, it would be transformational. If you're open to this experience, it can change your life.

Emily Berrier


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