Guardian Leadership Institute (GLI): This program is intended for those who have experienced success as an advisor and are considering a role in leadership within their firm. GLI is a yearlong program with monthly coaching calls and several onsite training sessions. The faculty, made up of Guardian experts, firm leadership and outside speakers, are all specialists in their topics and frontline leaders who are “practicing what they teach” each and every day. During the program, attendees experience what it’s like to have a role in management to explore if a leadership path is the right choice.
“Everybody who graduated to a leadership role from GLI has had a positive impact on our firm, our culture and on their team.” Travis Hart, General Agent, Pacific Advisors LLC1 in California and across the West Coast.
Leading from the Front (LFF): For more experienced managers with a few years in a leadership role, Leading from the Front, in partnership with the General Agents Management Association (GAMA) International2 is a 6-month program that helps managers move beyond the basics of managing and focus on the skills needed to maximize performance, inspire teams and think more strategically.
“Leading from the Front...it's the major leagues. You gain insights from instructors in a more intimate environment, and the people in the course are A pluses. You’re learning from people in the same boat—still operating in a training and development mindset, and with a ton of experience doing it in our system.” Michael Maresca, Associate General Agent, National Financial Network LLC3, in New York City, NY.
Next Generation Masters: This year-long coaching program, with courses recognized for credit at The American College for certain designations, is intended for established field leaders looking to move further along the leadership path within their firm. With only a handful of in-person sessions, this program concentrates on developing and honing leadership skills specific to each participant through individual coaching sessions. The program is built around individual participants, as well as the group.
“Next Generation Masters provided us with a new perspective on leadership, gaining a better understanding of how firm leaders think, make decisions and interact with their teams and colleagues. We were able to grow as leaders, and build new relationships with our peers that allowed us to seek advice and support from the outside as we continued to grow in our careers and firms.” Amy Salo, Managing Partner, Wealth Advisory Group LLC4, in Albany, NY.
Through these programs, and more, Guardian firms solidify and build a culture of developing leadership from within and creating a legacy of future leaders who will continue to build that culture.
Though there are specific benchmarks and accomplishments that are required before entering one of these programs, participation is open to anyone looking for development and a new challenge in their career. Whether you are new to the business, or have 20 years’ experience, Guardian’s Leadership Development Programs and opportunities will provide you with the training, knowledge and opportunity to take your career where you want.