Advanced Leadership Development

"Leadership and learning are indispensible to each other." - John F. Kennedy

You are invited to enrol in a two-day advanced leadership development seminar based on the Art and Practice of Leadership Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School. The Kennedy School has developed an advanced leadership and change process based on Adaptive Leadership which will be the foundation of the course. As this is a practical hands on leadership practicum, it is limited to 8 people on a first come first serve basis.

All of the participants must submit a one-page current leadership challenge prior to class. In class, the participants will work on their current leadership challenge in small groups. Each group will then diagnose the each person’s leadership challenge and offer potential solutions and action steps. During this two step process, the person whose challenge is being presented can only listen and not talk. Then, there is an informal discussion between the group and the person who has just presented his or her challenge. Using the results from the Leadership Challenge Technology, participants develop an in-depth action plan on how to move forward on their leadership challenge.

An additional outcome from this program is to help you become a more effective decision maker. It is said that we are the sum total of all of the decisions we make. Yet few of us analyze just how good we are and what we need to do to improve our abilities and competencies in order to be the best decision maker possible. This hands-on experiential course is designed to help you be the best decision maker you can be now and in the future, by focusing on those things that are truly important. As an added bonus, participants will receive a copy of the Decision Making Workbook.

Prerequisite: The three-day Leadership Development Workshop at Dalhousie University is a prerequisite for the course. Rare exceptions are on a case-by-case basis.

"In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired; In pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped." - Lao Tzu

"Very deep and insightful. Small group helped to create an intimate learning experience."

"I really appreciated the opportunity to do some exceptional diagnostic work in the cases which led to in-depth learning."

"Working on the cases was excellent learning in context was exceptionally powerful."


Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m.
There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon coffee breaks. This course includes lunches, refreshment breaks, seminar materials and a certificate of completion.


Brad McRae is the Director of the Atlantic Leadership Development Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Kingston, Jamaica. Brad has a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a baccalaureate and master's degree from California State University. He is a registered psychologist, consultant and best-selling author. He was trained in negotiating skills at the Project on Negotiation at Harvard University and in leadership at Harvard Business School's Leadership Best Practices Program. In addition, Brad learned career development skills from Richard Bolles.

Recognized as a Platinum Level Presenter with Meeting Professionals International, Brad has also earned his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation. He has taught at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, at Carleton University in Ottawa and at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He was also a subject matter expert in negotiating and influencing skills at the Pearson International Peacekeeping Centre.

Brad gives over 100 presentations a year and has lectured across Canada and in the United States, Australia, Mexico, Africa, England and the Caribbean. Brad is a member of the Canadian Society for Training and Development, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the International Association of Professional Speakers.

He is also the author of eight books: How to Write A Thesis and Keep Your Sanity; How To Study For Comprehensive Exams And Keep Your Sanity; Practical Time Management: How to Get More Done in Less Time; Negotiating and Influencing Skills: The Art of Creating and Claiming Value; The Seven Strategies of Master Negotiators, The Seven Strategies of Master Presenters, From our Grandmother's Lap: Lessons for a Lifetime, and The Seven Strategies of Master Leaders: Featuring Key Insights from 30 of Canada's Top Leaders. Brad is also the editor of The Atlantic Leadership Development Institute Newsletter.