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Extraordinary Leadership


  • Jul 26-29, 2021 at *ONLINE*, online course, Tuition: $2800  (#25394)   FULL
    Start Time: 8:30 AM | End Time: 5:00 PM
  • Sep 20-23, 2021 at *ONLINE*, online course, Tuition: $2800  (#25395)   FULL
    Start Time: 8:30 AM | End Time: 5:00 PM


Federal managers are constantly honing their leadership skills. This course focuses on developing your strengths rather than trying to improve your weaknesses, so you can go from being a good manager to an extraordinary leader.

The curriculum is based on research presented in John Zenger and Joseph Folkman's groundbreaking book, "The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders," and is designed to help emerging leaders develop their strengths rather than improve their weaknesses. The underlying philosophy of the course is that by focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses, and by developing these strengths in combinations, one can expect exponential improvements in skill sets and move from a good manager to an extraordinary leader.

Participants will examine in detail the five attributes and 19 competencies all leaders must have and the techniques to master them (attain, develop, and implement), including character, personal capability, focus on results, interpersonal skills, and leading organizational change. Moreover, participants will discover that gaining competency in more than one area produces a quantum leap in leadership performance beyond traditional incremental improvements in a weakness. Participants will also study Zenger and Folkman’s Five Fatal Flaws that lead to failure in leadership and methods for identifying and fixing them.

How You Will Benefit

  • Model and promote personal accountability to benefit the organizational culture. (Accountability)
  • Select, implement and evaluate an optimal decision based on desired outcomes, value, costs, and risks. (Decisiveness)
  • Develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to address developmental areas. (Continual Learning)
  • Recognize available options in analyzing and resolving ethical situations. (Integrity/Honesty)
  • Demonstrate openness and approachability to employees at all levels. (Interpersonal Skills)

Who Should Attend

The federal manager and those moving up to manager positions, regardless of seniority, level of authority or experience. Those in formal leadership roles with direct reports (supervisors, managers, branch chiefs, etc.) or individual contributors without direct reports (scientists, engineers, lawyers, project or program managers, PMFs, etc.) will also benefit from this course.

Additional Information

Format: This course offers an optimal balance of introductory lectures, small group discussion, experiential learning, and individualized coaching to maximize the learning experience.

Assessments: StrengthsFinder 34 and Hogan Development Survey

Texts: Zink, J. A. (2014). Choices: Using values to make good choices every day, Colorado Springs, CO: Peak Press and Zenger, J. H. & Folkman, J. R. (2020). The new extraordinary leader: Turning good managers into great leaders (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill

Day One
Extraordinary Leaders: 33 Insights, 5 Attributes, 19 Competencies
Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the five pillars of effective leadership and supporting competencies.
2. Determine personal learning goals as related to the 33 key insights, 5 attributes, and 19 competencies.

Extraordinary Leaders: Leading from Values and Character
Learning Objectives:
1. Clarify values and supporting behaviors.
2. a conceptual bridge for how values and character affect the leader, team and organization.
3. Understand how to be an open and transparent leader.

Day Two
Extraordinary Leaders: Leading from Strengths
Learning Objectives:
1. Analyze the difference between leading and managing.
2. Gain an understanding of personal capability.
3. Understand personal strengths and how to build on them
4. Practice how capabilities (strengths) work in team.
5. Explore current leadership fit.
6. Learn how to develop multiple strengths.

Extraordinary Leaders: Fixing Fatal Flaws
Learning Objectives:
1. Understand fatal flaws and how to manage them
2. Understand how the “dark side” of leadership can diminish effectiveness.
3. Understand how the Hogan Development Survey can reveal hidden pitfalls in leadership style.
4. Explore ways to mitigate stress.

Day Three
Extraordinary Leaders: Strategic Thinking and Planning-Perspective
Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how strategic planning links to being an extraordinary leader.
2. Action learning exercise in managing strategy and operations.

Extraordinary Leaders: Strategically Leading Organizational Change
Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how to change organizational culture.
2. Explore why organizations succeed or fail at change.
3. Practice how leaders can effect change.

Day Four
Extraordinary Leaders: Focusing on Results
Learning Objectives:
1. Apply knowledge and applications of the previous modules into realistic, meaningful action steps.
2. Understand the main thesis of Results-Based Leadership.
3. Gain an understanding of how to measure and sustain organizational results.

Extraordinary Leaders: Conclusions and Commitment
Learning Objectives:
1. Pull the week of learning and discussion together.
2. Create forum for commitment to improving leadership skills.


Unless the course is listed as RESIDENTIAL, lodging and meals are not included in the tuition.