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Curriculum & Agenda

The curriculum comprises a three-part leadership competency model: leading self, leading organization and leading others.

A typical week includes project management training, a competency-building workshop and meeting with a mentor. On-site visits and shadowing experiences also are integral parts of the fellowship program.

Because of the exclusivity of this fellowship program, fellows benefit from a 1:1 mentor-to-student ratio and 1:1 teacher-to-student ratio.

View an example of the two-month program agenda.

Curriculum Components

Individual Development Plan

This holistic program includes development of self as well as skill. The fellow will conduct a self-assessment with their home organization manager to identify opportunities for measured growth using the five Cleveland Clinic leadership competencies:

  1. Workforce Development and Serving Leadership
  2. Communication Excellence
  3. Business Management and Change Management
  4. Strategic Thinking and Planning
  5. Effectiveness and Influence

An International Emerging Leader Fellow Development Guide, created especially for this program, supports the fellow’s educational experience continuum from pre-program through post-program assignments and recommendations so that the learning may continue long after the fellowship ends.

Experiential Education

Within the fellow's area of concentration, each fellow can expect to:

  1. Attend and participate in administrative, executive and organizational committee meetings.
  2. Undertake, coordinate and complete selected projects according to the home organization’s requirements and fellow’s interests.
  3. Shadow critical positions within the concentration area to better understand roles and responsibilities.


Classroom Education

The didactic component of the training occurs through the duration of the fellowship and consists of readings, small group lessons and a lecture series. The didactic portion of the program is held one full day per week.

The fellow will be asked to give at least one presentation during his or her fellowship.

Research and Project Development

The research and project development portion of the training will span the entire fellowship period. The fellow will be asked early on to define a research goal and to begin designing a project.

One half-day per week is devoted to a research and project development session.

The goal of this capstone experience is to develop a project plan to implement at his/her home organization.