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LEAD Institute Program: Senior Leader


  • Feb 8-Jun 7, 2021 at *ONLINE*, online course, Tuition: $7980  (#25158)   REGISTER
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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.

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 ten 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

LEAD Institute Program: Senior Leader

The LEAD Institute Program: Senior Leader is a rigorous five-month program delivered in a virtual learning format incorporating both asynchronous and synchronous online activities and culminating in an action plan to aid the senior leader in continued development of essential leadership behaviors.

This program will provide senior leaders with tools and awareness for effective self-management in order to instill accountability, inspire individual excellence, and drive exemplary organizational performance toward successful mission accomplishment in support of national objectives.

Program learning objectives include enabling the senior leader to:

  • Hone strategic planning skills for establishing vision, defining and articulating priorities, and establishing guidelines for successful mission accomplishment.
  • Develop team capacity to effectively work through conflict and change in order to successfully execute against defined organizational strategy.
  • Leverage strong interpersonal skills to build teams of motivated individuals inspired to do their best work.
  • Recognize links between leadership behavior, organizational health, and organizational performance and align personal behaviors with proven leadership approaches to achieve desired outcomes.

How You Will Benefit

Together, learners will consider…

  • How the senior leader’s individual behavior affects people, purpose, and performance
  • How to leverage the senior leader’s role to establish organizational direction; set expectations for consistent, values-based behavior; and ensure a shared purpose and common goals
  • How effectively managing change and conflict provides opportunities for organizational growth and develops organizational trust that can be leveraged as a force multiplier
  • How to mindfully manage behavior and communication to achieve desired outcomes
  • How to engage employees in an authentic and transparent way to inspire performance and unleash potential.

Individually, learners will create learning action plans with concrete, measurable, time-bound goals to guide their professional development and support transfer of learning to their organizations.

Who Should Attend

This program is for third-level leaders (supervisors of managers; responsible for organizational results).


Restricted to grades GS-14/equivalent and above.

Additional Information

Class Size

Each Cohort will be capped at 24 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 virtual 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.