Organizational executives compete to attract the best leaders available in the job market. The single most important component in achieving organizational success was the offering of a leadership development program, ensuring enterprise success through a systemic approach to leadership development. The purpose of the qualitative case study was to determine to what extent the leaders developed the skills needed to be successful leaders through a LDP, and if the knowledge acquired during the LDPs influenced changes in the leaders' behaviors. The two research questions that guided the study included, what was the self-perceived influence of leadership education and training on leadership development? and what was the influence of leadership education and training on the way the leader leads? The study consisted of 20 participants. Eight key emergent themes were discovered during the study. Four themes categorized as trait themes included confidence, networking, understanding, and communication. The four behavioral themes included assisting other community leaders with resolutions to the challenges facing the region, motivate and inspire followers, collaboration within the community, and effective leadership. The participants indicated the eight key emergent themes were the most critical characteristics in the role of a leader. The triangulation method was used to compare the results of all three areas to ensure accuracy.
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