ACCP Professional Leadership Development Program Syllabus
The ACCP Professional Leadership Development (APLD) Program
- Prepares participants to serve as leaders within ACCP as well as the profession.
- Provides focused attention to a cohort of 10-15 individuals over the course of one year.
- Begins with an in-person session during the ACCP Annual Meeting, followed by interactive virtual sessions consisting of leadership topics and group discussions.
- Builds on leadership principles and ACCP core values which are reinforced and practiced through a mentored capstone project.
- Is guided by the leadership of a Director, faculty, and mentors who are experienced ACCP leaders and have held elected or appointed office, represented ACCP on interprofessional collaborations, and/or are recognized as leaders within the profession.
- Is provided without cost; however, participants are responsible for obtaining the books used in the course and the costs associated with attending two ACCP meetings.
Section 1 Creating a Leadership Foundation: Self-Discovery and Team-Building (weeks 1-8)
The first section begins with an in-person session to introduce participants to the program and provide them with the opportunity to network while discovering their strengths and areas for development. Subsequent virtual sessions will include a discussion of the leadership tools used by the ACCP Board of Regents.
*presented in a special session during the ACCP Annual Meeting
- Introduction and Program Overview*
- Welcome from the ACCP President*
- Team-building exercises using Strengths Finder 2.0/CliftonStrengths*
- Panel discussion with ACCP leaders
- Group discussion of the Good to Great series, with an introduction to the monographs, book series, and website
Section 2 Leadership within ACCP: Structure and Governance (weeks 9-22)
The focus of section two is on ACCP’s history, core values, mission, and strategic plan. Participants will learn about ACCP’s responsibilities as a professional association, compare the focus and governance of the three Boards within ACCP, and review the process for creating a strategic plan.
- Exploring ACCP Governance: A review of the mission, core values, and strategic plan
- Panel discussion on the mission and strategic plan of the ACCP Foundation
- Panel discussion on the mission and strategic plan of Pharmacotherapy Publications, Inc.
- Developing effective communication skills as a leader
Section 3 Leading Teams and Change Management (weeks 23-37)
The third section builds on the learnings in the first two sections to examine the traits necessary to provide organizational leadership and advance clinical pharmacy as a profession.
- Establishing a high-functioning team
- Negotiating and conflict resolution skills
- Panel discussion on leading in times of crisis
- Group discussion of How to be an Inclusive Leader and ACCP’s DEI strategic plan
- Panel discussion on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in professional associations
Section 4 Leading a Professional Association (weeks 38-52)
The final section will focus on the role of the participant in leading a professional association. Participants will discuss the differences in leadership in the workplace, associations, and community as a part of the process for developing the knowledge and skills needed to serve in leadership roles.
- The importance of advocacy as a component of ACCP’s work
- Panel discussion on the duties, responsibilities, and rewards of leadership in ACCP
- Extending the frontiers of clinical pharmacy: Staying true to the mission of ACCP
- Maintaining responsiveness to the membership
- Panel on developing an individualized leadership path and setting goals
Session Schedule for 2023–2024 Cohort
AM = ACCP Annual Meeting
V = Virtual Meeting, Second and, when needed, fourth Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. Central Time
November 11–14th - AM
November 29th - V
December 13th - V
January 10th - V
January 24th - V
February 14th - V
March 13th - V
March 27th - V
April 10th - V
May 8th - V
May 22nd - V
June 12th - V
July 10th - V
August 14th - V
August 28th - V
September 11th - V
September 25th - V
October 12–15th - AM
Capstone projects assist with implementation of initiatives in the current ACCP Strategic Plan. Participants will be divided into groups of 4 to 6 people, based on the size of the cohort and the estimated time commitment for completion of the project. Each group will receive details on their project during Section 1, appoint a Chair and Vice-Chair, and establish a timeline for completion of their project. The group will work together to assign responsibilities and schedule meetings, similar to the processes employed by ACCP committees. Mentors may offer advice but are asked not to directly participate in the completion of the project. An interim report on the group’s progress will be due at the end of Sections 2 and 3. As with the ACCP committees, these reports will be shared with the Board of Regents for their feedback.
Participants will be responsible for completing several reading assignments prior to the scheduled group discussions: StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press), Good to Great by Jim Collins (Collins Business/HarperCollins Publishers), and How to be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.). Reading the other books in the Good to Great series (Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, and Great by Choice) is encouraged but not required.
Completion of the Program
Participants are expected to attend the ACCP Annual Meetings at the beginning and end of the program, participate in the virtual sessions, and provide significant, sustained contribution to completion of the capstone project. Those completing the program will receive a certificate and be recognized at the Annual Meeting.