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Executive Development: Leading Change: Blended Format


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Where are you on your management track? This course will help take you from technical, division-level work to strategic, agency-level leadership positions. The focus is on development and transition for senior managers and the payoff is getting tomorrow right today.

Designed for senior Federal and other public sector managers, this two-week program offers new awareness of various aspects of your agency.  Thinking strategically, you will gain new knowledge, skills and understanding that will take you even further in your career.

Through a group project you will learn the fundamentals and finer aspects of strategic thinking, strategic planning and political research. You will also examine how policy is made and how the maximize the interests of all concerned parties.

Covering the same material as the two-week in-residence course, the blended EDS’s course work is completed primarily online, with a brief in-residence session (2.5 days). Over the course of eight weeks, participants communicate virtually in an online classroom, spending between six to eight hours working every week. The group meets weekly for a one-hour webinar, where the instructor will host guest speakers, make reading assignments and facilitate discussions on the course content. There are stated deadlines for assignments. This is not a self-paced course; the group works as an integrated cohort. 

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn how to implement change in the Federal Government
  • Recalibrate strategic planning skills
  • Develop political savvy to identify, understand and meet the needs of and create buy-in from stakeholders
  • Design policy to include partnerships and coalitions with internal and external constitutions
  • Explore the legislative and executive branches and their impact on policy-making
  • Improve oral communications and collaborative skills
  • Understand the mindset of senior leaders in relation to strategy, policy and the big picture

Who Should Attend

  • Highly effective managers at the GS-14 or 15 levels who are eligible to transition to the Senior Executive Service (SES), including those who are in Candidate Development Programs as the course meets the requirements for 80 hours of interagency training.
  • This course does not focus on the individual leader; therefore participants should have some basic prior leadership training. Participants are expected to have completed a 360-degree leadership assessment prior to this course. If not, a 360-degree assessment will be included.


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