Leadership Development Institute (LDI)

2021 Leadership Development Institute

April 21 – 23, 2021
July 21 – 23, 2021
October 27-29, 2021

The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is a one-year program for high potential managers who are expected to prepare for broader organizational roles. LDI learning sessions are facilitated by highly-regarded industry experts and executive development professionals, with guest keynotes by successful executives across the association. What else can you expect from LDI?

  1. Development: Each participant will work with an executive coach throughout the LDI program. Coaches assist participants with drafting an Individual Development Plan (IDP) based on priorities identified in their 360 assessment. Coaches troubleshoot issues, hold participants accountable, and challenge development.
  2. Creative ideas: Attendees will conduct a review of their respective dealerships and identify areas for improvement. Real-world SWOT analysis and action planning generate measurable ROI business improvements.
  3. Interactive: Interactive workshops are facilitated by respected industry experts and executive development professionals. Content focuses on both functional/technical know-how and leadership “soft skills” with industry-relevant case studies, role plays and application projects.

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Why choose LDI?

  1. Participants will strengthen core leadership abilities
  2. Deepen cross-functional knowledge
  3. Explore the strategic connections across lines of business

Program highlights include:

  • Capstone project
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Keynote speakers
  • AED LEX-360 feedback assessment
  • AED certification

This year’s sessions will be from:

  • Session 1: April 21-23, 2021
  • Session 2: July 21-23, 2021
  • Session 3: October 27-29, 2021

SESSION 1: APRIL 21 – 23, 2021


Program Overview
– LDI methodology and program highlights
– Applying LDI to your dealership

Personal Leadership
– Leadership vs. management
– Leading with emotional intelligence
– Leading a cohesive and effective team

The Innovative Distributor
– Creating a culture of innovation
– Driving innovation and change in your dealership
– SWOT analysis and goal-setting

SESSION 2: JULY 21 – 23, 2021


– Leader as Coach
– Coaching others & giving feedback
– Delegation
– Conflict management
– Managing up & across generations
– Inclusion & diversity


– Operations: Parts, Service and Rental
– Process improvements across operational areas
– Maximizing parts, service, and rental department profitability
– Understanding big dealer/small dealer competitive advantages
– Top KPIs and using departmental metrics to affect change

SESSION 3: OCTOBER 27 – 29, 2021


Relational Capital
– Building relational capital
– Connecting with others—your team and your customers
– Collaboration over command
– Making every interaction matter


– Planning for the Future
– Talent development & retention
– Succession planning – building your bench

Program Review

– Final capstone presentations

Room Block Information

Check-in: April 20, 2021 | Check-out: April 23, 2021
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago O'Hare Airport Rosemont

Hotel Address:
5460 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois

To book your stay, please click here.

Phone Number: 1-800-756-5505

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Registration Fees

Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
Member Fee:$4995.00$4995.00$4995.00
Non-Member Fee:$5995.00$5995.00$5995.00

AED Cancellation Policy:
In order to be flexible with AED members in these uncertain times, AED is currently extending it’s cancellation policy due to the ongoing public health crisis. Although subject to change, if you need to cancel a registration for an event, you may request a refund from AED for your registration up until 7 days before the event. As always, you will be refunded at any time if cancellations arise due to health related complications or increased travel restrictions. The Association will continue to evaluate this on an ongoing basis.

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