Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM EDT

Duration: 60-minutes

Challenge: Previously, at the conclusion of our leadership development program, participants were assigned to a group “capstone project.” After several cohorts of project work, we reassessed the pros and cons of the capstone approach and developed a brand-new approach titled “Shadow a Leader.”

Shadow a Leader: In addition to the employee coach each participant worked with throughout the 12-month program, each participant was assigned to a current leader who they “shadowed” for 3 months. The positive results were multifaceted for the participants, the coaches and the “shadowed” leaders:

  • Participants were able to immediately apply the learnings from the program in “real world” company dynamics.
  • Participants who then became managers reported that they got up to speed much more quickly than those who had not gone through the program.
  • The coaches reported that they learned just as much as the participants and both coaches and “shadowed” leaders felt reinvigorated as leaders. The program increased their own engagement with our organization.
  • Finally, as each new cohort progresses through the program, there are many more executives sharing “ownership” in the program.

In this session, attendees will discover:

  • A simple road map to incorporate the “Shadow a Leader” into their own Leadership Development Program.
  • A list of questions that participants had to answer during their “Shadow a Leader” experience.
  • A template for the final presentation on the experience the cohort delivered to the senior leadership team.
  • Capstone ideas from other participants on the webinar.

Sponsored by:




   Eileen Woods
Senior Director, Learning and Leadership Development


Eileen Woods is the senior director of learning and leadership development at Celgene, a biopharmaceutical company based on Summit, New Jersey. In her current role, she leads a team of four in the delivery of management, coaching, leadership, market access and marketing training for the U.S. commercial division of Celgene. Woods has spent her entire career in the health care arena working for companies in the biotech community, medical device sector, performance consulting, and with a home infusion provider. She has worked with physicians, hospitals, integrated delivery networks, payers, home care agencies and health care distributors.

In addition to her experience as a training and development professional, Woods has held leadership positions in sales, marketing, operations and as a general manager of a health care provider in Atlanta. Her management philosophy is reflected in a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”