Great question. What I believe you will accomplish is broadening the sense of ownership for the initiatives that you decide upon which always has advantages. I would like to make this suggestion however ...
Rather than bring the DRs in on the second day, bring them and their perspectives/ideas in on Day 1. Here are the potential benefits:
1. What you will achieve is moving into Day 2 with a broader range of ideas that are bound to impact the decisions made by the executive/leader team.
2. You still accomplish the initial step to developing the next group of leaders
3. You still retain the ability for the openness/equality needed for a healthy strategy discussion
4. You accomplish your # 2 above
5. importantly, you gain the support of a broader base of people with leadership responsibility which addresses the executive commitment issue you mention
CAUTION: Based on my experience in facilitating such sessions I suggest that once you have taken this approach (the broader involvement) you are giving others a role many will value. Unless you present this approach as a one time situation or something you want to try this one time, you will create expectation of future involvement and as such can discourage those who like the role and want it again should you not repeat it in the future.
I expect that you will have an outcome that you will find valuable. Congratulations on taking this approach.
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