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Baldrige Program Named Top Leadership Developer in Government

From NIST Tech Beat: April 14, 2014

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Contact: Michael E. Newman

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program has received the first place award in the government and military category of the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards, an annual recognition of the world's best leadership development programs and initiatives. The success and impact of both the Baldrige Executive Fellows Program and Baldrige examiner training were acknowledged as major reasons for the honor.

Given out by Leadership Excellence magazine for the past 30 years, the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards rank the top leadership development programs in each of the following organizational types: small, midsize, large, government/military, nonprofits, international, educational, small partners/providers, midsize partners/providers, large partners/providers and international partners/providers. The judges use applications, survey responses and interviews to evaluate each candidate's programs, ranking them on seven criteria: vision/mission, involvement/participation, accountability/measurement, design/content/curriculum, presenters/presentations/delivery, take-home value and outreach.

Since 2010, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program has placed three times in the top 10 of the Leadership 500 Excellence Award's government/military rankings. In last year's competition, the program was ranked eighth.

The Baldrige Executive Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development experience for direct reports to the most senior leader in the organization or business-unit leaders. Baldrige examiners are part of an elite volunteer group of more than 400 professionals each year who commit their knowledge, skills and time to help evaluate applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.

For the complete list of the Leadership 500 Excellence award winners, please see http://design.hr.com/excellenceessentials/le/leadershipexcellence_april2014/index.html#/6. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, go to www.nist.gov/baldrige.