The Scottish FA approved all the recommendations six months ago and according to reports the majority are not completed or are in the process of being implemented.
McLeish said: “It is six months to the day from the AGM. In both reports 103 recommendations were made and they are now being implemented in one way or another after that famous vote at the AGM. More progress has been made in the last six months than the last 60 years.
“It’s a major step forward for a game experiencing major challenges. There has been significant progress. The SFA realised something significant and substantial had to be done.”
However, anyone expecting that the full benefits of the changes will be seen immediately will have some time to wait.
McLeish added: “We are building for the long-term. That’s the sensible way for Scotland to move. We are moving in the right direction. The message today is that tremendous progress is being made. We are exceeding expectations from when I took this on. It’s not just a short-term response to the report but long-term rebuilding. If we are going to make changes we have to get it right.”