Leadership Development


American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) Leadership Compass
  • Summary:
    • The only online leadership development tool designed specifically for physical therapy administrators, academic faculty, and PT clinical affiliates and students.
    • The compass includes 12 leadership categories with 3 corresponding spheres of influence (leading self, working with others, and mentoring others)
  • Cost: Free – $50
  • Length: Self-paced, estimated 3-6 months
Health Policy & Administration (HPA) Section LAMP Institute for Leadership
  • Summary:
    • This program is for anyone interested in better self-understanding so they can then develop skills to lead others.
    • The HPA Catalyst LAMP Leadership program consist of three workshops:
      • LAMP Leadership 101: Personal leadership development: The catalyst for leading within
      • LAMP Leadership 201: Advanced leadership development: The catalyst for leading others
      • LAMP Leadership 301: Leading to a certificate in healthcare leadership
  • Cost:
    • Each course is $375 for APTA members
    • Each course is $600 for non-members
    • Additional Cost:
      • Travel and lodging to attend LAMP leadership 101 and 201
  • Length:
    • LAMP Leadership 101 – 1.5 day immersive
    • LAMP Leadership 201 – 1.5 day immersive
    • LAMP Leadership 301 – *capstone submission/project
APTA Fellowship in Education Leadership
  • Summary:
    • This award-winning fellowship accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education provides you with the skills and resources you need to be an innovative and influential leader.
    • The curriculum is delivered in a trimester format and guided by content expert faculty, fellowship mentors, and the program director.
    • Curricular outline include:
      • Personal leadership and management
      • Higher education, health care systems, and society
      • Resources/financial management
  • Cost:
    • Tuition = $7,000
    • Additional costs include:
      • Residency and fellowship application fee
      • Required readings (~$1,000)
      • Travel and lodging (to attend 3, 2-day immersive sessions)
  • Length: 52-weeks (13 months), June-July
APTA Centennial Scholars Program
  • Summary:
    • Launched in 2021, the APTA Centennial Scholars program is rooted in the idea that the best way to ensure a bright future for the profession is by nurturing new generations of leaders and thinkers.
    • The program puts the idea into action by establishing a network of scholars – all aspiring APTA leaders – connected with sponsoring entities and individually mentored by experienced association leaders.
  • Cost: $5,000 *cost is covered by the sponsoring component
  • Length: 12 months
  • *Next cohort start date – TBD


Leadership (e.g., Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa)
     *additional leadership programs may be located within your city
  • Summary
    • Local programs designed to develop a class of qualified, highly motivated individuals who are interested in expanding their leadership skills, deepening their civic responsibility, while inspiring and empowering graduates to make a positive difference with their community.
    • Most programs are cohort format, with a designed curriculum, cohort retreats, and capstone projects.
  • Cost: $645 – $5,000
  • Length: 10-12 months
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  • Summary
    • Launched in 2002, Momentum identifies top-level candidates, and through a 9-month curriculum address the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions
    • The curriculum is designed to:
      • Provide tools and resources to inspire and educate women to serve in leadership roles
      • Network these leaders to learn and work on problems together
      • Enhance the image of executive women in business and community
      • Attract and retain the nation’s brightest woman to help solve business and community challenges
  • Cost: $2000-$4,500
  • Length: 9-months (*program begins in September)
Strategic Leader Program, Blankenship & Seay Consulting Group
  • Summary
    • Developing leaders is a crucial challenge faced by all companies. The right training and development activities can provide leaders with the tools and knowledge to achieve better business results
    • Participants learn how to:
      • Work smarter and manage their priorities
      • Develop their employee’s using delegation and coaching
      • Sell their ideas and more effectively communicate with others
      • Think and act more strategically
      • Challenge and engage their employees
  • Cost: $5,900
  • Length: 3-day workshop (*typically provided annually)

National / International

Coursera Platform
  • Website: www.coursera.org
  • Hundreds of courses/specializations related to leadership
  • Cost: $49/month (*provides a 7-day free trial)
  • Examples:
    • Strategic Leadership and Management Specialization
      • Summary:
        • A 7-course specialization where learners will learn the fundamental of effectively leading people, teams, and organizations and develop tools to analyze business situations.
        • The specialization covers the strategic, human resource, and organizational foundations for creating and capturing value for sustainable competitive advantage both within a single business and across a portfolio of businesses.
        • Examples of specialization courses:
          • Foundations of everyday leadership
          • Designing the organization
          • Managing the organization
      • Length: ~3-6 months (self-paced modules)
      • APPLY
    • Leading People and Teams Specialization
      • Summary:
        • A 5-course specialization where the learner will learn essential leadership skills, including how to inspire and motivate individuals, manage talent, influence without authority, and lead teams.
        • Examples of specialization courses:
          • Inspiring and motivating individuals
          • Influencing people
          • Leading teams
      • Length: ~3-6 months (self-paced modules)
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EdX Platform
  • Website: www.edx.org
  • Tens of courses/specializations related to leadership
  • Cost: $2000
  • Examples:
    • Professional Certificate in Inclusive Leadership
      • Summary:
        • Acquire the globally in-demand skills necessary to build an inclusive workplace culture in this Inclusive Professional Certificate Program
        • You will learn how to apply inclusive leadership skills – Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility (“EACH”)
    • Length: 3 months
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  • Unconscious Bias: From Awareness to Action
    • Summary:
      • Unconscious bias – everyone has it. But that does not make us bad; it makes us human.
      • While we cannot completely rid ourselves of unconscious bias, we can learn how to recognize it and lessen its impact in the workplace.
    • Length: ~3 weeks (*self-paced modules)
    • APPLY
Leadership and Management Programs at Harvard
  • Summary:
    • Leadership and management programs designed to maximize team productivity, drive breakthrough innovation, and gain a competitive edge.
    • Programs are designed with hands-on exercises and dynamic discussions.
    • Learners will learn management theories and leadership best practices to help the learner navigate complete challenges and capitalize on emerging opportunities.
    • Examples of current programs:
      • Becoming a Leader: Developing Your Style and Making Sound Decisions
      • Building Organizational Cultures: A Framework for Leaders
      • Emotional Intelligence in Leadership
  • Cost: $1,450 – $2,895
  • Length: 2 days – 4 weeks (*length is dependent on which program you enroll)
    • Click the APPLY link below for start dates, length, and location of each program.
The Academy for Health Care Leadership and Management
  • Summary:
    • Learn essential governing skills and develop an evidenced-based understanding of how to lead for highly reliable performance in the health care environment.
    • All health care professionals who endeavor to impact positive change within their organizations will benefit from the Academy.
    • Courses will include:
      • Industry leading faculty
      • Research driven results
      • Collaborative learning
      • Life-long connections
      • Custom solutions
      • Practical applications
  • Cost: $5,940
  • Length: 3-6 months


Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  • Summary:
    • Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others?
    • People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY.
    • They realized that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Summary:
    • The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating back more than 2,000 years ago.
    • The work is composed of 13 chapters – each one is devoted to an aspect of warfare and how it applies to military strategy and tactics.
    • One of the most influential strategy texts in East Asian warfare and has influenced military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy, and beyond.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  • Review:
    • Collins and his team of researchers began their quest by sorting through a list of 1,435 companies, looking for those that made substantial improvements in their performance over time. They finally settled on 11—including Fannie Mae, Gillette, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo—and discovered common traits that challenged many of the conventional notions of corporate success.
    • Making the transition from good to great doesn’t require a high-profile CEO, the latest technology, innovative change management, or even a fine-tuned business strategy.
    • At the heart of those rare and truly great companies was a corporate culture that rigorously found and promoted disciplined people to think and act in a disciplined manner – Harry C. Edwards
The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins
  • Summary:
    • The first 90 days of any career transition—be it a promotion, a new job or a lateral transfer—are critical and can determine if you succeed or fail in the new role. In this book, Michael Watkins presents critical success strategies for new leaders at all levels.
    • On average during a transition, the leader takes approximately 6 months to deliver a positive net value to the company.
    • Watkins outlines 10 strategies to accelerate (40% faster) a leader’s ability to deliver a positive net value.
    • Some examples include:
      • Preparing in advance
      • Negotiating success and managing expectations
      • Clinching early victories
Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
  • Reviews:
    • “Stacey understands what it is like to try and balance the everyday obligations of work and family, and Minority Leader offers a practical guide to pursuing meaningful work while acknowledging the myths of ‘juggling it all.’ All kinds of people face these challenges, but it can be more acute for women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and others with ‘outsider’ status. This book is for anyone who has faced challenges while pursuing their passion and helps people who are left out of traditional ladders to success build one for themselves.” ― Sherilyn Wright, Assistant to the International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
    • “Although there are many books on networking and achieving political and entrepreneurial success, Abrams’ is geared toward helping those who are on the fringes, especially African American women, find pathways to success and power…this is an excellent guide that addresses setbacks and pitfalls and identifies strategies to overcome them.” ― Booklist
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  • Summary:
    • “Long Walk to Freedom” is the 1994 autobiography of Nelson Mandela, detailing his ascent from an anti-apartheid activist and Robben Island-jailed terrorist to ANC leader and a cultural icon.
    • The only memoir published during Mandela’s life, the book is a testament to the greatness of the first black president of South Africa.
The Truth About Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  • Summary:
    • Authors Kouzes and Posner acknowledges that there are changes in the economy, technology, and workplace and these changes have transformed some details of leadership.
    • Despite these changes, the fundamentals of leadership have not changed.
    • Examples of the 10 fundamental truths about leadership:
      • You Make a Difference
      • Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership
      • Values Drives Commitment
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
  • Reviews:
    • “Powerful…useful for those new to the topic as well as those well-versed in the topic…Eberhardt abandons the jargon-speak of academic research and speaks to the reader’s head, heart, and soul…[and] will make you think about the news, your neighborhood, your workplace and yourself with fresh eyes.” — Forbes
    • “Combining storytelling with a deep dive into the science of implicit bias, Eberhardt explains how bias and prejudice form—and she describes their pernicious effects on all of us. But she doesn’t stop at the problem: Her book shines a spotlight on what we can do to fight bias at a personal and institutional level.” — Greater Good Magazine
    • “Drawing on her pioneering research, Jennifer Eberhardt’s new book offers a powerful exploration of how racial bias seeps into our classrooms, college campuses, police departments, and businesses.” — Bruce Western, author of Punishment and Inequality in America and Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephon R. Covey
  • Summary:
    • Covey’s 7 habits are composed of the primary principles of character which happiness and success are based.
    • Covey aims to adapt the reader’s inner core, charter, and motives.
    • Examples of the 7 habits:
      • Be proactive
      • Put first things first
      • Seek to understand first, before making yourself understood
First, Break All the Rules: What that World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently from Gallup by Marcus Buckingham
  • Overview:
    • What separates the greatest managers from all the rest? They have vastly different styles and backgrounds. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They don’t hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom.
    • Gallup has found that the front-line manager is the key to attracting and retaining talented employees. This book explains how the best managers select an employee for talent rather than for skills or experience, set expectations, build on each person’s unique strengths rather than trying to fix his or her weaknesses, and get the best performance out of their teams.
    • Gallup’s research produced the 12 simple statements that distinguish the strongest departments of a company from all the rest. First, Break All the Rules is the first book to present this essential measuring stick and to prove the link between employee opinions and productivity, profit, customer satisfaction and the rate of turnover.
    • First, Break All the Rules presents vital performance and career lessons for managers at every level — and best of all, shows you how to apply them to your own situation.
How to Own the Room: Woman and the Art of Brilliant Speaking by Viv Groskop
  • Reviews:
    • Laden with tips, tricks, and advice, How to Own the room is the female speaker’s handbook that we have all been waiting for. Leveraging the stories of some of the most famous speakers in the world, Viv shares practical and inspirational tools, and insights to help women Own the Room when they speak. From how to organize your thoughts, to the ever-elusive “presence”, to pace of speech, Viv covers important communications topics and so much more. I would highly recommend her book. If you are looking for great listening material her podcast by the same name is great as well. Thank you, Viv, for sharing your insights. So many women will be so much better for it! – Leah Julie Dean
    • Viv Groskop brings her wit and wisdom to the subject of women bringing the voice and thoughts they have to the world. Full of great insights on what to do and what not to do, but most importantly that we should do it, even if it terrifies us, and that we don’t need to be a brilliant speaker – we just need to have something to say – Gill
    • This is an awesome book, and a great read, for men as well as women, I would add as the tips have universal appeal. Have found it so utterly delightful and empowering to read! Intriguing chapters describing differing women’s appeal and power as speakers – for instance on Joan Rivers, what a ballsy compassionate message about a woman’s style who most other women would find offensive, while she chose to offend in her act, her self-belief was through the roof, an inspiration for us all in such an unexpected source! And watched the Oprah Golden Globe you tube video recommended, as well as other speeches. As usual from Oprah, spine-chilling inspiration. And an utter pleasure to read the commentary on Virginia Woolf, I’m a great fan of her work. – Mrs. S
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
  • Overview:
    • Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.
    • 5 Dysfunctions:
      • Absence of Trust
      • Fear of Conflict
      • Lack of Commitment
      • Avoidance of Accountability
      • Inattention to Results
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
  • Summary:
    • A company’s biggest strength doesn’t lie in its products/services. It always lies in its people – in their ability to cooperate closely and rally behind the organization, especially during a crisis.
      • Notable quote, “If you actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
    • This book is broken down into 8 parts:
      • Part 1 – Need to Feel Safe
      • Part 2 – Powerful Forces
      • Part 3 – Reality
      • Part 4 – How We Got Here
      • Part 5 – The Abstract Challenge
      • Part 6 – Destructive Abundance
      • Part 7 – A Society of Addicts
      • Part 8 – Becoming a Leader
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell
  • Summary:
    • To lead well, you must do all 21 things well. Yet, no single person can apply all 21 laws perfectly. Besides constantly improving yourself, the other way is to develop strong leadership teams, so that all 21 laws can be satisfied
    • Laws include:
      1. Law of the Lid (Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness)
      2. Law of Influence (The true measure of leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less)
      3. Law of Process (Leadership develops daily, not in a day)
      4. Law of Navigation (Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course)
      5. Law of Addition (Leaders add value by serving others)
        • Notable quote, “You can’t move people to action unless you first move them with emotion… The heart comes before the head.”


The EntreLeadership Podcast hosted by Ken Coleman
  • Summary:
    • Hosted by Ken Coleman, the EntreLeadership Podcast features lively discussions and tips on leadership and business by some of the top minds in the business, like Mark Cuban, Seth Godin, Jim Collins and Simon Sinek.
The Tony Robbins Podcast
  • Summary:
    • “Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one?” Tony Robbins, the #1 Life and Business Strategist, has helped over 50 million people from 100 countries create real and lasting change in their lives. In the podcast he shares proven strategies and tactics so you, too, can achieve massive results in your business, relationships, health, and finances.
The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast
  • Summary:
    • The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast is a regular examination of what it means to be a transformational leader – someone who daily influences people to think, speak, and act to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others. This podcast will teach you the principles, practices, and process of becoming a transformational leader because leadership isn’t an event – it’s an uphill journey.
Jocko Podcast
  • Summary:
    • Retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink and Director, Echo Charles discuss discipline and leadership in business, war, relationships, and everyday life.
Team Anywhere
  • Summary:
    • Team Anywhere’s mission is to uncover Leaders on the Front Lines that are building teams and cultures where most of the workers are dispersed throughout the city, state, country, or world. We explore how these leaders’ foster engagement through trust, authenticity, and a sense of community. Ultimately, we are uncovering the new skills and practices that leader must take on to connect, inspire, and transform their teams to compete in the new dispersed global economy.
Coaching for Leaders
  • Summary:
    • Leaders aren’t born, they’re made. This Monday show helps you discover leadership wisdom through insightful conversations. Independently produced weekly since 2011, Dr. Dave Stachowiak brings perspective from a thriving, global leadership academy, plus more than 15 years of leadership at Dale Carnegie. Bestselling authors, expert researchers, deep conversation, and regular dialogue with listeners.
The Engaging Leaders
  • Summary:
    • Emerging Leaders is a podcast to you communicate, engage, and lead with greater impact. Heard regularly by thoughts of leaders since 2012, Jesse Lahey and our guests share principles, tips, and stories to help you inspire trust, passion, and action!
Women’s Leadership with Sabrina Braham
  • Summary:
    • Since 1989, Women business leadership skills and career development executive coaching advice. Interview with successful women CEOs, managers and entrepreneurs to help you influence people, improve performance, get promoted, increase earnings and enhance your job/life balance.
Andy Stanley Leadership
  • Summary:
    • Join conversations designed to help leaders go further faster by subscribing to the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. Each month, Andy discusses leadership principles developed over 20 years of leading a multifaceted organization and interviewing incredible leaders that are making huge impacts on their organizations and communities.
At The Table with Patrick Lencioni
  • Summary:
    • Real conversations and practical advice for everyday leaders. Sit across the table from one of the foremost experts in leadership and business. In his simple and approachable style, Pat tackles every topic related to the world of work. From culture to teamwork to building world-class organizations, Pat brings his wisdom, humor, and insight together to provide actionable advice for leaders everywhere.
The Leadership Antidote
  • Summary:
    • Decades-old leadership principles don’t work with today’s workforce and economy. What if Leaders relied on imagination and innovation instead of memory? This podcast shows listeners new ways of leading by interviewing Leaders from all over the world in every industry. Join Host, Dr. Kim Hires, each week to shake things up and create new leadership paradigms.