Graduate Leadership Programs Are Broken. Here’s Why

Structured training programs for newly graduated undergraduates and post-graduates are quickly replacing the standard on-boarding orientation for new hires. Here in Asia, virtually every large multi-national comes to campus pitching their fancy program, whether they're called a Management Associate (MA), Management Trainee (MT), or Graduate Leadership Development Program (LDP). But are these programs actually working? Having surveyed over 200 people who’ve participated in LDPs, along with the fact that operational costs of these programs continue to rise, and the retention rates of organizations going in the opposite direction, it's our hypothesis that these LDPs are failing, especially here in Asia.

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