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LEAD Institute Program: Project Team Lead


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The Office of Personnel Management's LEAD Institute empowers federal leaders to take charge of their professional development by providing a clear path to leadership education and development that's right for them and their careers. The LEAD Institute offers essential role-based leadership skills that help individuals fulfill their Individual Development Plan (IDP), putting them squarely on the path to career development.

By training tomorrow's leaders today, the LEAD Institute helps training officers, managers and supervisors meet the challenge of succession management. Within each role-based program, current and future leaders assess their leadership effectiveness, gain core knowledge and develop critical skills for leadership success, culminating with a certificate signed by the Director of OPM, formally recognizing the employee's achievement.

How a LEAD Institute Program Works

OPM created the LEAD Institute with busy federal professionals in mind, giving learners a path to complete an Institute program in just five months. Virtual classroom time is maximized by enhancing the transfer of learning through a variety of real-time and self-paced learning activities and program elements.

In each LEAD Institute program, rising and established federal leaders participate in content rich modules that provide:

  • Assessments of current leadership effectiveness and/or potential
  • Overviews of key leadership competencies critical to success
  • Intensive development of workplace relevant skills

Project Team Lead:

The LEAD Institute Program: Project Team Lead is a five-month course delivered in a virtual learning format incorporating asynchronous and synchronous online activities.

This program will provide federal career specialists with the opportunity to learn and practice the skills to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of yourself as a leader.
  • Promote inclusion and diversity within teams.
  • Understand how to effectively build and lead teams as well as practice being an efficient member of a team.
  • Learn project management and complete a work-based project plan.
  • Understand and practice leading from where you are in the organization.
  • Incorporate leadership skills and team techniques into a development plan.

Emphasis will be on practical application of knowledge, tools and techniques.

How You Will Benefit

Together, learners will consider…

  • How can I better lead and participate in teams and projects in order to meet agency goals?
  • How can I use curiosity in work environments and conduct business in order to lead more effectively from where I am?
  • What experiences support the transfer of learning to real-life work situations?
  • What industry benchmarked tools and techniques can I use to increase the quality of projects?
  • How will we engage as a learning community to share best practices and common experiences that ignite a passion for working in diverse teams?
  • How will my leadership be visible when this program is over?

Individually, learners will create leadership development plans with concrete, measurable, time bound goals that will guide their professional development and transfer of learning back to their agencies.

Who Should Attend

Individuals who aspire to or are leading teams and/or projects.



Additional Information

Class Size

Each Cohort will be capped at 30 participants to maximize learner/instructor interaction, group learning, collaboration, teamwork, and skills development.

What is a Cohort Program?

The Cohort program is structured to engage learners in similar roles across federal service who bring their collective experiences to the Cohort’s learning environment, magnifying interaction and learning. Throughout the five months, learners will interact, learn, and participate in projects with Cohort members in a classroom setting and a combination of asynchronous and synchronous online projects and activities which may include webinars, group work, assigned readings, and an online community of practice.