developing a leadership programme


Leadership and Development Essay
2500 to 3000 words
You are the corporate learning and organizational development manager of a global pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals with commercial markets in the USA, EU and Asia. The company is expanding into emerging markets and to sustain its rapid growth the organization has recognized the need for strong leadership and management.
You have been asked to develop a leadership and management development program for top 30 managers across the globe drawing upon models and frameworks you have been taught, your personal reflection logs, discussions in action learning groups and formative assessments:
1) Explain and justify the key features and underpinning learning strategy of your program.
Explain how you would evaluate the program’s effectiveness.


The pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest industries in the world. The industry is mainly concerned with research, production, and distribution of different types of drugs.  Moynihan and Cassels (2005) assert that the industry is considered one of the critical industries in the world because it is concerned with individual health. A healthy population is a productive population.  Under this philosophy, the pharmaceutical industry is considered to be a pillar of the global productivity. However, the industry has come under increasing pressure from complex issues that affect the industry.  According to Marcia (2004) there are broader health care reforms, changes in technology, government polices, changing consumer preferences, and others that are revolutionizing the operations of the industry and largely contributing to the dynamism in the management of the industry.  However, the major challenge for the industry has been globalization. Since the last decades of the 20th century, a sweeping change has been experienced in different economic sectors because of globalization.  Globalization has affected the pharmaceutical industry in different ways.   As pharmaceutical companies move to new frontiers beyond their domestic market, they are facing major issues pertaining to cultural acceptability of their products, services, and to a larger extent their management styles (Leslie & Palmisano, 2010). They are being exposed to new government regulations and a different business operating environment.  This is in addition to additional requirements for research and development activities that are heavily impacting on their budget, shrinking global economy, unstable political environment, and others that present major challenges even to seasoned leaders in the industry. Amid these challenges, there is a general consensus that pharmaceutical companies that will have to succeed in the new global environment will be required to adopt innovative operational strategies that will help them adapt   to these changes. In this innovation frontier, the deciding factor is the effectiveness of the leadership team that is put in place in each pharmaceutical company. The effectiveness of the leadership team can make or break the success of any company.  In light of these facts, this report will analyze the development of a leadership programme that is aimed at imparting the necessary leadership skills for pharmaceutical companies moving to new frontiers, especially in the Middle East that has become an important market for the pharmaceutical industry.