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LEAD Institute: Project Team Lead Program


  • Jun 17, 2020-Mar 18, 2021 at Byron Rogers Federal Building, 1961 Stout Street, Suite 16-111, Denver, CO, Tuition: $8750  (#25145)   REGISTER
  • Aug 26, 2020-May 13, 2021 at The Learning Center, Theodore Roosevelt Building, 1900 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20415, Tuition: $8750  (#25146)   REGISTER


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 nine months. Classroom time is maximized by enhancing the transfer of learning through web-conferencing modules between classroom sessions.

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 Project Team Lead program is a nine-month course delivered in a blended learning format incorporating face-to-face meetings combined with both asynchronous and synchronous online activities including Webinars and activity assignments in a learning management system.

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

  • Understand how to build and lead teams as well as practice being an effective 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.
  • Increase self-understanding and mindfulness.
  • Incorporate leadership skills and team techniques into a development plan.
  • Emphasis will be on practical application to knowledge, tools and techniques.

How You Will Benefit

Together, learners will consider…

  • What techniques to practice to slow down and consciously be present to create visionary leaders that transform government?
  • How to grow understanding of self in order to grow leadership and participation in team and project settings to meet agency goals?
  • How to use curiosity in work environment and conduct business to lead more effectively from where you are?
  • What experiences support the transfer of learning to real-life work situations?
  • What industry benchmarked tools and techniques to use to increase the quality of projects?
  • How to engage as a learning community to share best practices and common experiences that ignite a passion for working in teams?

Individually, learners will create learning action 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 nine 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.


Lodging and meals are not included in the tuition.