In the early 1980s, Drs. Butler and Waldroop were colleagues at Harvard Business School and were feeling unsatisfied with the assessment instruments available at the time. They believed in the need for an assessment tool designed specifically for business students and professionals -- a mission that would ultimately lead to the launch of CareerLeader.
Their initial research was based on data from their collective work as independent career counselors, which was done in consultation with senior executives and organizations. This research led to the publication of their first book, "Discovering Your Career in Business", which is still in circulation today. Their research database has since grown to over half a million people, and still provides the foundation for the science behind today's CareerLeader program.
In 1998, they brought their self-assessment tool to the Internet, and CareerLeader as we know it today was born.
CareerLeader's stronghold in the marketplace is a testament to its adaptability from person to person, counselor to counselor, school to school, and company to company. It can be used by an individual independently, as well as within a structured counseling appointment. It can be used to help guide someone's career path either at the start – or midstream in a career. It can also be used to help retain top talent by sculpting a position to ultimately benefit both the employee and the company.
Drs. Butler and Waldroop remain actively engaged in research, as well as teaching, training and writing. They continue to evolve the CareerLeader program to better suit the needs in the marketplace, and to publish books and articles on various topics of career development.