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Leadership Development Program

The Chick-fil-A® Leadership Development Program exists to accelerate growth in talented, driven leaders through dynamic business experiences. Over what is typically a 24-to-36-month period, program participants will grow professionally and personally as they confront and solve real-world leadership challenges while traveling on the road. Ready to sharpen your business skills with Chick-fil-A leaders?

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The next generation of business leaders

Sharpen your skills with Chick-fil-A® leaders. Program participants will have opportunities to continuously develop their leadership skills, both personally and within the restaurant business.

A life-changing opportunity

Learn about business inside and outside of a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Learn about life. Learn about yourself.

Program at a glance


Participants should have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of post-graduation professional experience OR be able to demonstrate five years of leadership experience.

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The Chick-fil-A Leadership Development Program offers attractive compensation and benefits to accommodate traveling on the road for 24 to 36 months.

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How To Apply

There are several steps to applying for this competitive program, including the potential for one or more interviews.

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Boot Camp

No Chick-fil-A® restaurant experience? No problem. A six-month operational bootcamp improves your leadership perspective as you gain experience and knowledge.

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Hear from past participants

The Chick-fil-A Leadership Development Program means business. But don’t take our word for it. Learn more from people who lived life in the program.

Operator 1
The Leadership Development Program for me was an opportunity to define and refine my leadership skills in totally different environments.

Sara Corder 
Support Center Staff, Project Lead

Operator 3
This program isn't just about being a great restaurateur; it's about being a great person. And it taught me that I need to continually grow myself to grow others.

Kayla Maxwell
Chick-fil-A Bonney Lake FSU, Operator

Operator 2
The program is life changing. I have met my lifelong best friends through this process. When you are faced with adversity with other people, you build this bond, this camaraderie.

Kayla Griffin
New Restaurant Consultant