In mid-2006, we introduced the McDonald’s Leadership Institute, a virtual learning community of guidance and resources to support and develop employee leadership and talent. It gives McDonald’s leaders opportunities to grow and develop through structured learning with other McDonald’s leaders, participate in challenging development experiences and access a wide variety of development tools and best practices resources.
The Institute provides leaders with a range of opportunities and support to develop critical leadership skills needed to address both long- and short-term business challenges. Under the auspices of the Institute, accelerated leadership development programs for high-potential directors and officers are offered across all areas of the world. As of the end of 2011, 378 employees from 46 countries had participated. More than 36% of those who graduated have received promotions. In total, over the past three years, 1,668 employees have participated in the internal courses and programs offered by the Institute.