ArticleEarly Careerist Interest and Participation in Health Care Leadership Development ProgramsThompson, Jon M. PhD; Temple, April PhD, NHA Author Information Author Affiliations: Health Services Administration Program, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. The authors report no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Jon M. Thompson, PhD, Health Services Administration Program, James Madison University, MSC 4301, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 ([email protected]). The Health Care Manager: October/December 2015 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 350-358 doi: 10.1097/HCM.0000000000000082 Buy Metrics Abstract Health care organizations are increasingly embracing leadership development programs. These programs include a variety of specific activities, such as formally structured leadership development, as well as mentoring, personal development and coaching, 360-degree feedback, and job enlargement, in order to increase the leadership skills of managers and high-potential staff. However, there is a lack of information on how early careerists in health care management view these programs and the degree to which they participate. This article reports on a study undertaken to determine how early careerists working in health care organizations view leadership development programs and their participation in such programs offered by their employers. Study findings are based on a survey of 126 early careerists who are graduates of an undergraduate health services administration program. We found varying levels of interest and participation in specific leadership development activities. In addition, we found that respondents with graduate degrees and those with higher compensation were more likely to participate in selected leadership development program activities. Implications of study findings for health care organizations and early careerists in the offering of, and participation in, leadership development programs are discussed. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.