Leadership Development Forum (LDF)

Leadership Development Forum (LDF)

LDF Class of 2023

What is the Leadership Development Forum?

The ABA’s Leadership Development Forum (LDF) is a year-long intensive management education program that requires significant commitment on behalf of each candidate and employer. The program is limited to 30 students. It has been sold out annually since being introduced in 1993. The one-year, in-depth course focuses on management skills, leadership and public speaking. The program has received both state and national awards and has graduated over 800 constructors over the past 30 years.

Purpose of the Program:

Develop construction professionals into informed, knowledgeable and active members of the industry while preparing them for future leadership roles within their companies, the industry and the Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA).

Classes Meet One Friday of Every month for a year.

Class Topics:

  • The Role of Leaders
  • Public Speaking
  • Common Pitfalls of Construction
  • Finance in Construction
  • Construction Legislation and the Political Process
  • Increasing the Power of Memory
  • Market Sector Research
  • Personality Inventory and Leadership Styles
  • Mastering Construction Contracts
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Team Building
  • Managing People
  • Leading and Planning
  • The Significance of Construction Company Benchmarks
  • How to Write an Effective A3
  • The Essence of Leadership
  • Final Case Study Formal Presentation


  • Qualified candidates should have a minimum of eight years in construction management OR have completed the ABA’s Emerging Leaders Forum with six years of construction experience
  • Applicants should be in positions of increasing responsibility
  • Applicants must be nominated by their company’s C-Level Management


  • Limited to 30 qualified registrants
  • Maximum one candidate per firm, unless applicants are located in two different regions
  • Non-ABA members may be approved dependent upon space
  • Leadership Development Forum Advisory Board will make the selection of participants

2024 Class Schedule

  • Jan. 5, 2024
  • Feb. 2, 2024
  • Mar. 1, 2024
  • Apr. 5, 2024
  • May 3, 2024
  • June 7, 2024
  • Aug. 2, 2024
  • Sept. 6, 2024
  • Oct. 4, 2024
  • Nov. 1, 2024
  • Graduation: Dec. 12, 2024

For course questions or more information, please email Alexa Kochen – akochen@azbuilders.org