Learn to Lead Like the Best – From the Best
Merit Network is pleased to partner with Academy Leadership to offer a leadership training program geared toward developing leaders who are equipped with the tools, habits and attitudes required to build great organizations. The program is appropriate for people transitioning into leadership roles, or for established leaders seeking to advance their skills.
Based on programs used at the nation’s military academies, Academy Leadership courses are facilitated by service academy graduates with senior executive experience. Courses promote personal discovery through the creation of a Leader’s Compass and a Leader Profile. Coursework covers important individual skills like time management, meeting management and goal settings, as well as interactive skills like motivation, conflict management and coaching, and courses include 90 days of follow-up coaching with the instructor.
Upcoming Leadership & Management Courses
Leadership Excellence
Feb. 23-25, 2016 – Ann Arbor, MI

Academy Leadership was founded in August 2000 by graduates of West Point and the Naval Academy who are successful leaders in the business world as well as the military. The company has been providing training programs focused at the management level since its inception.
Since World War II, the nation’s Service Academies produced thousands of successful corporate CEOs, presidents, vice-presidents, and entrepreneurs. The company’s principals developed a leadership training system that combined the valuable lessons learned, the winning tactics, and time-tested business philosophies from the Academy, military, and corporate world experiences to create the Lead2Succeed™ training process.
Since World War II, the nation’s Service Academies produced thousands of successful corporate CEOs, presidents, vice-presidents, and entrepreneurs. The company’s principals developed a leadership training system that combined the valuable lessons learned, the winning tactics, and time-tested business philosophies from the Academy, military, and corporate world experiences to create the Lead2Succeed™ training process.
The training approach follows the principles advanced at Annapolis and West Point: self-discipline, commitment to goals larger than one’s own personal goals, persistence, a will to win, integrity, how to treat others with respect and dignity, and a passion to lead. The result is that people can identify with the mission and see a clear relationship between their daily duties and accomplishment of the overall goals.
Academy Leadership has worked in the financial services, bank credit card and insurance, communications, contracting, distribution, package delivery service and manufacturing industries, as well as the not-for-profit sector and the government. Merit Network is pleased to offer a program of leadership training in partnership with Academy Leadership.
Graydon Krapohl
Director of Business Operations, Merit Network
Graydon Krapohl, Merit’s Director of Business Operations and former Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve, has held a variety of senior leadership, staff, teaching, training, and command positions throughout his professional career.
Graydon came to Merit with a broad range of cross functional and industry experience gained from working in the Federal, State, and private sectors. He has expertise in systems planning, strategic and operational planning, policy formulation, organizational development, and project management, and holds a master’s of strategic studies, with an emphasis on national security strategy from the U.S. Army War College; an MBA from George Mason University; and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Michigan.
“Many organizations promote people to leadership roles and let them develop leadership skills through coaching and on-the-job experience. I believe this informal approach often yields inadequate results, but I have previously found it very difficult to find good leadership development programs to recommend to others.”
“I am a great believer in the Academy Leadership approach and believe it provides an excellent set of skills for leaders. I am proud to have become an Academy Leadership faculty member and am very excited about offering the program to the Merit community.”

Impressions from Past Academy Leadership Attendees
“The program challenges what you thought you knew about leadership, sharpens your skills, breaks some old habits and reinforces true leadership behaviors.”
Barbara A. Wheater
Forsythe Solutions
“The program provided insights about me, my skills and areas in which I want to grow. It is a good value for what I am taking away with me. I would highly recommend it!”
Christine Ulrich
University of Delaware
“Intensive action oriented program where participants should be ready to grow. This program is practical and can be applied to any organization.”
Julie Ehlers
Patton Boggs, LLP
Past Attendees
Below is a partial list of organizations that have sent representatives to Academy Leadership Courses:
AAA Mid-Atlantic
Albany Molecular Research Institute
Albion College
Albuquerque Police Department
Allegiance Health
American Association for Cancer Research
American Board of Family Medicine
AT&T
Bank of America
Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Brigham Young University
Cal State
Delta Dental of Michigan
Department of Homeland Security
Federal Election Commission
Federal Government
George Mason University
Habitat for Humanity
Hampden-Sydney College
Honeywell Technology
IBM
Johns Hopkins University
Kellogg’s
Lansing Community College
Lawrence Technological University
Michigan State University
Microsoft
NASA Glenn Research Center
Oracle
PMI
Princeton University
Procter & Gamble
RICOH USA
Sandia National Laboratories
Spirent Wireless
United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Coast Guard
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
U.S. Postal Service
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Michigan
Verizon Wireless
Villanova University
Washtenaw Community College
Wells Fargo
Western Michigan University
Westinghouse

Thank you to the Merit Community Supporters for promoting learning and technology transfer for Merit Members