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Embark on life-empowering and career-strengthening leadership experience through our renowned Leadership for a Democratic Society (LDS) program. Serving as an enduring foundation of your personal and professional growth journey, the LDS program offers an unmatched learning experience to prepare you for the complex challenges of leadership. The Leadership for a Democratic Society program focuses on three crucial areas for effective leadership: Vision, Alignment and Execution. Every leader must create a compelling vision appropriate at their level and work with people above, below and across to align with that vision as the championing results Both experience and research highlights that time and attention is often lacking in regard to building alignment and often a cause for failure. How often do strategic plans wither and die because there was a lack of alignment? Completing this program will improve your proficiency in these three key areas. Using the U.S. Constitution as a principal foundation, the LDS program guides you to understand the diverse goals of the government and the citizens it serves. The LDS program is anchored in current leadership theory, OPM’s Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), and leadership competencies. You’ll engage with faculty experienced and credentialed in leadership development, human capital management, education, political science, behavioral science, international affairs, public administration, adult education, and more.
Through a combination of larger class sessions and small teams, you’ll expand your professional networks and gain knowledge on leadership concepts, models, and tools from a variety of assessments, readings, case studies, written assignments, and individual presentations.An integrated mix of readings, lecture, discussion, field experiences, assessments, and case studies will help you to:
How to RegisterAll registrations should be submitted online via this website. If you or your agency training office have any questions about the process, please email the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) registrar at FEIRegistrar@opm.gov or call (434) 980-6232 for more information.
To receive a certificate of mastery, you must complete short written assignments, give at least two presentations, and create both an individual and organizational change plan. Please refer to the FEI Handbook or LDS program description for additional information.