The communication pillar improves openness between employees and between employees and managers, Pat McGrath said.
Lindsay McGrath said: "We had them brainstorm processes we could put in place where we could more effectively communicate issues throughout the company. Out of that came our monthly newsletter that goes out to everyone via email."
The corporate component centered on culture and business goals. The group took a tour of a locally based national leasing company to examine that company's culture.
"We wanted the emerging leaders to learn the cohesiveness and teamwork there," Lindsay McGrath said. "No matter what department they worked in at that company, they all worked together and that's a culture we want to cultivate."
The McGraths shared company results and their growth goals with the participants, too, "so that everyone understood that by the end of 2020, here's what this company wants to look like," Pat McGrath said.
"The idea behind Emerging Leaders is, as we grow, those people will be highly considered for promotions and that's why we wanted to share our vision, so they know there's a future for them."
Competitive greatness is taught by guest speakers.
One was Tom Brands, a former U.S. Olympic team wrestler and now the head coach of the University of Iowa's wrestling team. Brands is "an extreme of competitive greatness," Pat McGrath said.
Program graduate Jason Stratton rose from his job as a special finance salesperson to his current job as the used-car sales manager at Pat McGrath Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram. He credits the program for his growth.
"I had the skills to sell vehicles and get people into financing," Stratton said. "This taught me how to handle and manage people." c