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The Center for Leadership and Management at Graduate School USA

Graduate School USA believes in the power of leaders at all levels of an organization to shape and direct change. Our Center for Leadership and Management (CLM) offers courses and programs that support and advance this belief and has earned high praise from thousands who have attended our trainings since 1995.

Our slate of individual and contract courses and longer-term programs meet the needs of federal executives, managers, and leaders at every stage of their career. We use an integrated approach that includes assessment, experiential learning and individual career development with a focus on core competencies essential to effective leadership. Learners come away better prepared to meet the current demands of today’s workforce, and to lead others into the future.

Our capabilities include:

  • Implementable strategies and approaches that benefit your organization
  • Diverse, blended, and interactive learning environments
  • Exceptional instructional quality
  • Customized training to fit organizational needs
  • Assessments, including our premier 360° Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI)
  • Training delivered at your location or ours

Long-Term Leadership Development

The Center offers four popular long-term training programs tailored to the needs of government employees from the GS 4 to GS 15 levels or equivalent. The programs continue to address the needs of organizations and their employees to stay relevant, adapt to change, and be equipped with the necessary skills to lead and be led.

These programs require an application be submitted to the Graduate School. Some agencies offer the opportunity to attend through their training office. In other cases, an individual can apply directly as long as they are authorized by their agency and meet the qualifications. Further detail about each program is included below. For more information contact us at clm@graduateschool.edu.

Aspiring Leader Program (GS 4-6)

Curriculum Theme: Leadership Foundations
Audience: GS 4-6 or equivalent
Program Schedule: Two weeks (one week a month for two months)
Credit: 6 CEU
Tuition: $2,175
Course ID: LEAD7210L

Program Description

The Aspiring Leaders Program (ALP) is a two-month program designed to prepare employees at the GS 4-6 levels for a foundational understanding of leadership competencies. The program theme is leadership foundations. The program objectives are to give high-potential individuals the confidence and training they need to set and meet personal and professional goals, expand their network, and broaden their experience. The ALP curriculum challenges participants to increase the capacity of their current skills and abilities. Designed for entry-level and administrative employees as well as employees who need to recharge their careers, this two-month program prepares you for greater responsibility. You will enhance your knowledge and awareness of fundamental leadership competencies and identify strategies for career development.

Program Schedule

2 months with two one-week in-person training sessions

Credits

6 CEU

Tuition

$2,175
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Objectives

  • Assess and identify current skills and competencies to improve performance.
  • Develop a plan outlining individual career development goals.
  • Identify barriers and strategies for overcoming challenges.
  • Create a personal framework for practicing leadership.
  • Provide participants with foundational leadership skills.

Program Benefits

Participants in the ALP benefit because they:

  • Learn about the fundamental competencies of leadership and the importance of a leadership mindset
  • Work with others across disciplines and agencies
  • Develop strategies for career development that expand professional and personal development
  • Gain insight into motivating factors that spur public service participation and one’s own interests and skills
  • Develop a network of peers they can continue to rely on for support

Organizations benefit from sending their employees to the ALP because they:

  • Demonstrate their commitment to professional development
  • Reinforce the importance of continual learning
  • Gain employees who have been provided the skills and tools to advance their careers

Program Components

The Aspiring Leaders Program is strategically designed around three program components; assessment, experiential learning and individual development.
Assessments – Participants take the True Colors® assessment that gives them a better understanding of themselves and others. Using this knowledge, participants create career strategies to expand their professional and personal development.
Experiential Learning – Participants engage in activities that challenge them to ask questions, explore the world around them, and develop skills.
Individual Development – Participants are asked to create a career development plan and taught the importance of effective career management.

Program Requirements

In order to complete the program, participants are required to attend both weeks of training and complete bridge assignments between the first and second session.

Is this Program for You?

This program is for you if you are eager to learn the foundational skills to enhance your professional capabilities, develop skills to achieve personal success, want to grow in your career but need guidance on what steps are required to make it happen and need assistance in creating your personal brand.

Next Steps

Participants in the program are nominated by their agencies based on their leadership potential, or they apply directly with the support of their agency based on their personal development objectives. Employers can expect that participants in the program will be away from their positions for a minimum of three months (four one-week training sessions and an eight-week developmental assignment).* Participants can expect to work on individual and team activities outside the training sessions, sometimes meeting weekly with team members.

Eligibility of completion from the Aspiring Leader Program requires participants to finish all program components, attend all training sessions, and participate in all aspects of the program — NO exceptions. Please consider these requirements carefully before submitting an application.

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New Leader Program (GS 7-11)

Curriculum Theme: Leading Self
Audience: GS 7-11 or equivalent
Program Schedule: Six months
Three one-week residential sessions (attendance required)
Credit: 9.8 CEU
Tuition: $3379
Course ID: NLED7300L

Program Description

The New Leader Program (NLP) is a six-month program designed to prepare employees at the GS 7-11 levels for management and leadership positions. The program theme is leading self. The program objectives are to give motivated individuals the confidence and training they need to set and meet personal and professional goals, expand their network, and broaden their experience.
The NLP curriculum is focused around the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) The Program focuses on 22 of the 28 competencies. Training consists of three one-week in-person training sessions conducted at the Graduate School USA in Washington DC. Program components include individual development, experiential learning, and assessments. Some of the competencies focused on during the trainings include teambuilding, communication, conflict management, decision making and problem solving.

Program Schedule

6 months with three one-week in-person training sessions

Credits

9.8 CEU

Tuition

$3,379
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Objectives

  • Identify and assess individual developmental strengths and needs
  • Develop skills to enhance communication
  • Improve organizational awareness and the importance of their role in the organization
  • Demonstrate greater proficiency of leadership competencies
  • Increase skills in working with teams

Program Benefits

Benefits to Participants:

  • Develop a personal development action plan based on results from their 360° feedback report
  • Cultivate skills in key leadership competencies
  • Practice skills to improve conflict management
  • Gain greater exposure within the organization
  • Learn leadership styles to develop their own style
  • Expand their perspectives on leadership from seasoned managers and executives
  • Engage in individual developmental activities to expound on their learning experience
  • Enhance communication and leadership skills through team building

Benefits to Organizations:

  • Develop new leaders for management and leadership positions
  • Benefit from participants’ exposure to new ideas from other organizations
  • Develop employees to meet the needs of the organization

Program Components

The New Leader Program is strategically designed around three program components; assessment, experiential learning and individual development. Assessments –Participants take the Graduate School USA’s Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI), a robust 360°degree feedback. The results guide the individual’s developmental objectives. The program uses various assessments to help teams better understand various personalities and your behavioral impact on others, ascertain conflict management styles, and to assess their diversity and cultural awareness.
Experiential Learning –Participants engage in activities inside and outside of class designed to develop core competencies. Program requirements:

  • Personal Development Action Plan
  • Organizational Perspective
  • Team Presentation
  • 4-Week Development Assignment
  • Senior Management Interviews
  • Shadow Assignment
  • Leadership Book Reviews
  • Team Leader Report

Individual Development – During three in-person training sessions, participants receive instructions focused around the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Classes include lessons on leadership in the 21st Century, courageous conversations, and diversity and cultural competence. During training, participants continue to build a network of peers across agencies, challenge one another, and expand their resume of accomplishments.

Program Requirements

The following requirements are to be met in order for successful completion on this program:

  • Personal Development Action Plan (PDAP) – Participants develop and follow a personal development action plan based on developmental objectives drawn from results of the Graduate School USA’s Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI), a 360 assessment. The plan is a series of required assignments and independent study activities, primarily within their organizations. Support and final approval for this plan is coordinated with the first-line supervisor, agency program coordinator and NLP staff.
  • Developmental Assignment – Participants must complete one 4 week developmental assignment that provide exposure to different leadership/managerial experiences and perspectives. Participants are responsible for securing their assignment.
  • Shadowing Assignment – Participants complete a three-day assignment "shadowing" a federal manager or executive at a minimum of 2 grades above the participants’ current level. Through this assignment, participants are exposed to managerial excellence and gain visibility among managers and executives. This is an opportunity to view decision-making styles and problem-solving techniques in a real-world situation.
  • Management Interviews – Participants are required to interview career employees of the federal workforce at a minimum of 2 grades above the participants’ current level. These interviews provide opportunities to gain critical information for successful long-term career planning and development. Participants gain insight and knowledge about the role of public sector managers through well-designed personal and professional questions.
  • Leadership Book Reviews – Participants read and review books related to the competencies that they are developing during the program. Book reviews enhance participants’ sensitivity to management issues, trends, and concepts that may or may not be currently observed.
  • Team Project – Building on their study of the Executive Core Qualifications, teams deliver a final presentation to their classmates during graduation week activities.
  • Team Leader Report- Every team member serves as the Team Leader as least once during the year-long program. Each Participant will need to send a team update and include suggestions for issues to address for their report.
  • Organization Perspective Overview- Each New Leader Program participant is required to complete an analysis of his/her organization. The purpose of this analysis is to provide participants with an opportunity to become familiar with their agency, what it does, and how it works.

Is this Program for You?

This program is for you, if you:

  • Would like to create your own Personal Development Action Plan
  • Desire the tools and knowledge needed to enhance your leadership capabilities
  • Want to become more visible to the leadership in your organization
  • Could benefit from building and enhancing personal career networks
  • Desire to connect with leaders who share their views and experience on how to enhance your leadership competencies
  • Would like to gain knowledge on effective teambuilding

Next Steps:

To consider or be considered for this program, participants are either nominated by their agencies for their leadership potential, or they apply directly with the support of their agency based on their personal development objectives. This program demands a large commitment of time and effort from participants and, in return, delivers results. At the very least, participants will be away from their positions for a minimum of 7 weeks (three one-week training sessions and four weeks on a developmental assignment). Participants can expect to work on individual and team activities outside the training sessions, sometimes meeting weekly with team members. Please consider carefully these requirements before submitting an application. In order to graduate from the New Leader Program, participants must finish all program components— NO exceptions.

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Executive Leadership Program (GS 11-13)

Curriculum Theme: Leading People
Audience: GS 11-13 or equivalent
Program Schedule: Nine months
Four one-week in-person training sessions (attendance required)
Credit: 13.6 CEU
Tuition: $4829
Course ID: ELPG900L

Program Description

The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is a nine-month competency-based leadership development program that provides training and developmental experiences for mid-level employees at the GS 11-13 levels or equivalent. The program theme is Leading People. The program objectives are to help participants expand their knowledge, experience, and increase their visibility through a myriad of competency-based developmental activities. The ELP curriculum is focused on the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) with a focus on Leading People. Training consists of four one-week in-person training sessions conducted either at Graduate School USA in downtown Washington DC or in locations outside of the area. (See Program Schedule for details on program locations.) Program components include individual development, experiential learning, and assessments.

Program Schedule

9 months with four one-week in-person training sessions

Credits

13.6 CEU

Tuition

$4,829 Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Objectives

  • Assess and develop participant’s aptitude and needs in relation to the Executive Core Qualifications through a variety of experiential training methods.
  • Create a personalized leadership development plan.
  • Engage in real-time, practical learning applications.
  • Prepare talented employees for leadership and management positions at an earlier stage in their careers.

Program Benefits

Benefits to Participants:

  • The opportunity to create a personalized leadership development plan.
  • Building networks, enhancing visibility, and external awareness.
  • The development of critical thinking, conflict management and other skills to move into positions of greater responsibility.

Benefits to Organizations:

  • The opportunity to develop new leaders
  • Strengthened workforce performance
  • Increased organization efficiency
  • Increased exposure to new management strategies.

Program Components

The Executive Leadership Program is strategically designed around assessments, experiential learning, and individual development.
Assessments – Participants take the Graduate School USA’s Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI), a robust 360 degree feedback assessment by supervisors, peers and direct reports if applicable. The results guide the participant and course development objectives. Other assessments maybe used to help in the formation of teams and to develop strategies to deal with conflict.
Experiential Learning – Provides the opportunity for participants to work together to strengthen leadership and developmental skills. Participants explore and implement team building methodologies, apply conflict management strategies, and understand external awareness through the use of a team project.
Individual Development – Participants strengthen their understanding of concepts covered during the training sessions and competencies identified for development by the Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI) through activities related to:

  • Retention of a Mentor
  • Leadership Development Plan
  • Team Project
  • One eight-week Developmental Assignment
  • Senior Executive Interviews
  • Shadow Assignment
  • Leadership Book Reviews
  • Community Service
  • Communities of Practice (DC-Based Only)

Core Competency-Based Training – During the four one week training sessions, participants receive instruction focused around the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the twenty-eight associated competencies. Classes include lessons in leading teams, individual skill building for leadership success, leading in an ever changing environment, creative and innovative practices in leadership, and celebrating success and recognizing growth as a leader. During training, participants continue to build a network of peers across agencies, challenge one another, and expand their resume of accomplishments.

Program Requirements

The following requirements must be met to complete the program successfully:

  • Retention of a Mentor – Participants are required to secure a mentor at the beginning of their program so that they have a dedicated source of support and encouragement to help them reach program and career goals.
  • Leadership Development Plan (LDP) – Participants develop and follow an LDP based on developmental objectives drawn from results of the Graduate School USA’s Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI), a 360 assessment. The LDP includes tracking of program requirements and how they address core competencies. Support and final approval for this plan is coordinated with the first-line supervisor and agency program coordinator.
  • Developmental Assignment – Participants must complete one eight-week developmental assignment that provides exposure to different leadership/managerial experiences and perspectives. Participants are responsible for securing their assignment.
  • Shadowing Assignment – Participants complete a three-day assignment "shadowing" a federal manager or executive at the GS-13 to Senior Executive Service (SES) level. By observing executives in action, participants gain exposure to managerial duties, responsibilities, and various leadership styles. They observe how the concepts learned in the program are applied in real-world situations.
  • Executive Interviews – Participants interview five or more federal senior executives, flag rank officers, or high-level executives who work in a private sector or non-profit organization. The executive interviews provide the opportunity to interact at the highest levels of management and gain critical information for long-term networking and career planning.
  • Leadership Book Reviews – Participants read and review three or more books on leadership and management issues. This component helps broaden knowledge of the field and strengthen analytical skills. A leadership reading list is provided at the orientation session.
  • Community Service - Participants are required to complete eight hours of community service to demonstrate a commitment to serve the public.

Is this Program for You?

This program is for you if you desire to build the confidence to achieve personal and professional goals, to gain a deeper understanding of your role in the organization, and the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience through customized developmental opportunities.

Next Steps

Participants in the program are nominated by their agencies based on their leadership potential, or they apply directly with the support of their agency based on their personal development objectives. Employers can expect that participants in the program will be away from their positions for a minimum of three months* (four one-week training sessions and an eight-week developmental assignment). Participants can expect to work on individual and team activities outside the training sessions, sometimes meeting weekly with team members.
In order to graduate from the Executive Leadership Program, participants must finish all program components, attend all training sessions, and participate in all aspects of the program — NO exceptions. Please consider these requirements carefully before submitting an application.

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Executive Potential Program (GS 13-15)

Curriculum Theme: Leading Change
Audience: GS 13-15 or equivalent
Program Schedule: One year
Four one-week in-person training sessions (attendance required)
Action Learning Project work between sessions
Credit: 13.6 CEU
Tuition: $6879
Course ID: EPPG88400L

Program Description

The Executive Potential Program (EPP) is a 12-month competency-based leadership development program that provides training and developmental experiences for high-potential executives at the GS 13-15 levels or equivalent. The program theme is leading change. The program objective is to equip leaders with the information, tools, and experience they need to serve at the highest levels.
The EPP curriculum is focused around the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) with a focus on leading change. Training consists of four one-week in-person sessions conducted at Graduate School USA in downtown Washington, DC. Program components include individual development, action learning, and assessment. Participants also complete a team project by the end of the program. Teams work together during and between training sessions using the action learning process to identify and address real world problems and to produce recommendations that have direct impact.
Note: This program is not a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) though many of its components are equivalent to SESCDP programs. Participants learn more about the SES in the program and are given training in how to write ECQ statements.

Program Schedule

12 months with four one-week in-person training sessions

Credits

13.6 CEU

Tuition

$6,879
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Objectives

  • Prepare participants for senior leadership positions within the federal government.
  • Assess and develop participants’ aptitude and capabilities in relation to the Executive Core Qualifications through a variety of experiential training methods.
  • Enable participants to work in tandem with federal agencies to identify and solve real organizational problems.
  • Expose participants to leadership and management best practices of both governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Program Benefits

Benefits to participants:

  • Are challenged to get out of their comfort zone in ways that build resilience, confidence and understanding of what it takes to be a leader at the highest levels.
  • Work on real world problems they might not know anything about with a team of people they have never worked with to produce results with real impact.
  • Learn about best practices in key leadership and fundamental competencies tied to the Executive Core Qualifications.
  • Gain insight into challenges faced by other departments, organizations and senior leadership across the government, private and nonprofit sectors.
  • Develop a network of peers they can continue to rely on for support.

Benefits to organizations:

  • Retain, support and grow their talent.
  • Gain insight into best practices in leadership across the public, private and government sectors.
  • Have access to training with proven success for 30 years.

Program Components

The Executive Potential Program is strategically designed around three program components; assessment, experiential learning and individual development.
Assessments – Participants take the Graduate School USA’s premier Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI), a robust 360 degree feedback assessment by supervisors, peers and direct reports if applicable. The results guide the learner and course development objectives. Additional assessments may include determining personality types and conflict management styles.
Experiential Learning – Participants engage in activities inside and outside of class designed to develop core competencies. Certain activities serve to meet these program requirements:

  • Retention of a Mentor
  • Leadership Development Plan
  • Action Learning Team Project
  • Two 60-Day Development Assignments or One 120-Day Assignment
  • Senior Executive Services (SES) Interviews
  • Shadow Assignments
  • Leadership Book Reviews

Individual Development – During four in-person training sessions, participants receive instruction focused around the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Classes include lessons in the leadership mindset, leading in a changing environment, creative and innovative practices in leadership, and vision as a leadership catalyst. Throughout the program, participants continue to build a network of peers across agencies, challenge one another, and expand their resume of accomplishments. Participants also complete an Action Learning Project by the end of the program that requires teamwork outside the training sessions and tackles a real-world problem or challenge faced by an agency.

Program Requirements

The following requirements are to be met in order for successful completion on this program:

  • Retention of a Mentor – Participants secure a mentor at the beginning of their program so that they have a dedicated source of support and encouragement to help them reach program and career goals. The mentor must be at a hirer level of leadership than the learner and preferably at the Senior Executive Service level.
  • Leadership Development Plan (LDP) – Participants develop and follow an LDP based on developmental objectives drawn from results of the Graduate School USA’s Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI), a 360 assessment. The LDP includes tracking of program requirements and how they address core competencies. Support and final approval for this plan is coordinated with the first-line supervisor and agency program coordinator.
  • Action Learning Project – Participants are assigned to a small team that they work with throughout the program to complete an action learning project. The project introduces the action learning process and benefits that include the opportunity to address current issues facing leaders in the federal workforce, provide recommendations that can have real impact, and to develop leadership and interpersonal skills. Projects are worked on during and between training sessions.
  • Developmental Assignments – Participants must complete two 8 week or one 16 week developmental assignments that provide exposure to different leadership/managerial experiences and perspectives. Participants are responsible for securing their assignments.
  • Shadow Assignment(s) – Participants complete a shadow assignment that involves "shadowing" one member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) for three days or three separate executives on different occasions. By observing executives in action, participants gain exposure to managerial duties, responsibilities and various leadership styles to apply to their organizations.
  • Executive Interviews – Participants interview five or more federal senior executives, flag rank officers, or high-level executives who work in a private sector or non-profit organization. The executive interviews provide the opportunity to interact at the highest levels of management and gain critical information for long-term networking and career planning.
  • Leadership Book Reviews and Presentations – Participants read and review two or more books on leadership and management issues. This component helps broaden knowledge of the field and strengthen analytical skills.

Is this Program for You?

This program is for you if you are interested in leadership at the most senior levels of government, learn how to lead change, connect with peers across the government, build a portfolio of accomplishments tied to the Executive Core Qualifications, and to tackle real world problems using action learning and action leadership.

Next Steps

To consider or be considered for this program, participants are either nominated by their agencies for their leadership potential, or they apply directly with the support of their agency based on their personal development objectives. This program demands a large commitment of time and effort from participants and, in return, delivers results. At the very least, participants will be away from their positions for a minimum of 20 weeks (four one-week training sessions and sixteen weeks on a developmental assignment).* Participants can expect to work on individual and team activities outside the training sessions, often meeting weekly with team members. Please consider carefully these requirements before submitting an application. In order to graduate from the Executive Potential Program, participants must finish all program components— NO exceptions.

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(*) Additional time away from the participant’s position may be required to complete other program requirements.

Senior Leadership Seminars

Executives at the GS 13-15 level have the option of attending one or more of the following courses included in our Senior Leadership Seminars (SLS). If you attend all courses in the seminar series, you receive a SLS Certificate. These courses do not require an application and can be attended over a number of years.

Washington Executive Seminar (WES)

Curriculum Theme: Leadership in a Political World
Audience: GS 13-15 or equivalent
Program Schedule: 10 Days
Credit: 6 CEU
Tuition: $3799
Course ID: EXEC9904L

Course Description

The Washington Executive Seminars (WES) is a two week or 10 day competency-based leadership development program for high-potential executives. The program theme is leadership in a political world. The program objective is to equip leaders with the information, tools, and experience they need to lead in a political environment.
The WES curriculum is focused around the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) with an emphasis on External Awareness, Political Savvy, Influencing and Negotiating, and Oral Communications. Participants learn about congressional operations and the Office of Management Budget. They works on teams to write and deliver effective congressional testimony. They learn about working with the media, how to write ECQ statements, and how to lead successfully in internally and external environments. Training is conducted at Graduate School USA campus in downtown Washington DC. Participants work together on a team project that is due at the end of the session and may require collaborative work outside of the classroom.

Course Schedule

Two consecutive weeks or 10 days of training with some work required outside of class

Credits

6 CEU

Tuition

$3799
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Course Objectives

  • Analyze administrative policy decisions and the factors that influence them
  • Apply strategies to manage critical relationships between Congress, federal oversight bodies and the agency senior executive
  • Identify strategies for agency advocacy and brand management through media relations
  • Understand the powers and constraints of the senior executive related to Human Capital Management
  • Build coalitions and network to exercise influence within and outside the agency
  • Describe keys for success in public-private partnerships
  • Apply career management strategies

Course Benefits

Benefits to participants:

  • Learn key aspects of congressional operations and related oversight and effective strategies for working with Congress.
  • Receive practical training on how to work with media and present on camera.
  • Work on a team to review a case study and deliver congressional testimony.
  • Review and refresh personal and professional leadership goals and practical information about the Senior Executive Service (SES) and writing ECQs.
  • Learn about political challenges faced by leaders in the past and how they overcame them.
  • Develop a network of peers they can continue to rely on for support.

Benefits to organizations:

  • Retain, support and grow their talent.
  • Gain insight into what leaders need to know about the political dimension of leadership.
  • Have access to training with proven success for 30 years.

Course Components

The primary components of the WES program focus on preparing senior leader for interactions that require a high level of external awareness, political savvy, communication, negotiating and influencing. Learners can expect a combination of in-class instruction and experiential learning designed to engage and inspire as well as develop a network of peers from across agencies. A sampling of content includes:

  • Congressional Overview
  • Leveraging the Media
  • Working with the Office of Management and Budget
  • The SES and Writing ECQs
  • My Leadership Journey

Is this Course for You?

This course is for you if you want to learn more about how Congress works and what a senior leader needs to know about operations, regulations, how to work with the media, and how to deliver congressional testimony. Learners are also expected to work on a project that may take time outside of class. Please consider these requirements carefully before applying.
In order to receive a certificate of completion from Washington Executive Seminar, learners must attend all days of instruction and complete all course requirements.

Next Steps

This course is open enrollment. Participants register online through our student registration system either directly or through an agency representative. Employers should expect their employees to be fully engaged in 80 hours of training for two consecutive weeks.

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Executive Survival Skills

Audience: GS 13-15 or equivalent
Program Schedule: 3 Days
Credit: 1.8 CEU
Tuition: $1699
Course ID: EXEC9911L

Course Description

Executive Survival Skills (ESS) is a three-day course designed for high-potential executives. The course helps participants be better equipped to lead change through a deeper understanding of leadership and team building skills and practices. The curriculum covers topics such as leading in turbulent times, emotional intelligence and leadership roles, leadership presence, situational leadership, change dynamics and tools, team development and trust, and appreciative inquiry.

Course Schedule

3 days

Credits

1.8 CEUs

Tuition

$1699
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Course Objectives

  • Balance competing demands from superiors and those you supervise
  • Systematically analyze organizational problems
  • Strategically plan agency and organizational change initiatives
  • Apply effective leadership styles
  • Assess the learning capacity of your organization

Course Benefits

Benefits to participants:

  • Learn about leadership in turbulent times.
  • Explore change dynamics, tools and strategies for overcoming resistance.
  • Review leaderships styles and skills that help build teams and meet goals.
  • Gain insight into the practice of appreciative inquiry.
  • Meet peers from across the federal government.

Benefits to organizations:

  • Retain, support and grow talent.
  • Have trustworthy leaders who are equipped to lead and be led.
  • Gain access to training with proven success for 30 years

Is this Course for You?

This course is ideal for executives who want to take time out of their busy schedule to learn about critical skills needed to lead in challenging times. In order to receive a certificate of completion from Executive Survival Skills, learners must attend all days of instruction and complete all course requirements.

Next Steps

This course is open enrollment. Participants register online through our student registration system either directly or through an agency representative.

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Managing for Results

Audience: GS 13-15 or equivalent
Program Schedule: 3 Days
Credit: 1.8 CEU
Tuition: $1699
Course ID: EXEC9913L

Course Description

Managing for Results is a three-day course designed for high-potential executives. The curriculum reviews practical approaches to managing for results including how to lead others, acquire necessary skills, define a vision, understand key performance indicators, create dashboards, and balance scorecards. Learners also learn what it takes to define and execute an effective strategic plan, and all about business processes and business process improvement best practices.

Course Schedule

3 days

Credits

1.8 CEUs

Tuition

$1699
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Course Objectives

  • Map strategic planning goals to organizational results
  • Apply problem-solving and decision-making techniques to enhance performance
  • Identify more effective performance measures
  • Identify entrepreneurial approaches for continuous improvement and accomplishing organizational objectives
  • Better serve customers and citizens
  • Describe the principles of the balanced scorecard and how they can be applied to your agency
  • Better manage stakeholder expectations

Course Benefits

Benefits to participants:

  • Learn best practices for managing for results.
  • Explore practical tools for evaluating, measuring and rewarding performance.
  • Understand business process improvement.
  • Create a strategic-initiative action plan.
  • Meet peers from across the federal government.

Benefits to organizations:

  • Retain, support and grow talent.
  • Have trustworthy leaders who are equipped to lead and be led.
  • Gain access to training with proven success for 30 years.

Is this Course for You?

This course is ideal for executives who want to take time out of their busy schedule to learn about practical skills for strategic planning and measuring performance. In order to receive a certificate of completion from Managing for Results, learners must attend all days of instruction and complete all course requirements.

Next Steps

This course is open enrollment. Participants register online through our student registration system either directly or through an agency representative.

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Leading People

Audience: GS 13-15 or equivalent
Program Schedule: 3 Days
Credit: 1.8 CEU
Tuition: $1699
Course ID: EXEC9912L

Course Description

Leading People is a three-day course designed for high-potential managers and executives. The curriculum reviews elements of leadership excellence, how to maximize performance, and how to identify and leverage your leadership strengths. Learners also examine trust and integrity as the foundations for leadership. Specific topics include characteristics of great leaders, teams and organizations, purpose centered leadership, leadership principles and pitfalls, creating expectations for excellence, and how to create an environment that supports diversity and inclusion.

Course Schedule

3 days

Credits

1.8 CEUs

Tuition

$1699
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Course Objectives

  • Apply strategies to build and lead effective teams based on individual strengths
  • Resolve conflict by applying a variety of conflict management styles
  • Leverage diversity and foster inclusion in the workplace
  • Develop and communicate a vision for workforce motivation
  • Use coaching and effective strategy implementation to maximize organizational performance

Course Benefits

Benefits to participants:

  • Learn best practices for leading others.
  • Explore what it means to develop a culture of excellence.
  • Know how to build effective teams.
  • Build awareness of strengths and how to find the right fit.
  • Meet peers from across the federal government.

Benefits to organizations:

  • Retain, support and grow talent.
  • Have trustworthy leaders who are equipped to lead and be led.
  • Gain access to training with proven success for 30 years

Is this Course for You?

This course is ideal for managers and executives who want to learn how to effectively lead others, identify and assess their strengths, set goals, and network with peers from other organizations.
In order to receive a certificate of completion from Leading People, learners must attend all days of instruction and complete all course requirements.

Next Steps

This course is open enrollment. Participants register online through our student registration system either directly or through an agency representative.

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Senior Level Courses

The Center offers a number of courses that expand on our longer term programs, are tailored to senior leaders, or both. Some of these courses are contract only. If interested, we can bring the course to your organization or host it for a group for your agency here at the Graduate School. There is no application required for enrollment.

Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

Audience: Executives in leadership positions who want to develop emotional intelligence in themselves and others
Program Schedule: 2 Days
Credit: 1.2 CEU
Tuition: $899
Course ID: LEAD8007L

Course Description

Effective leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but a common characteristic is a high degree of what psychologists call "emotional intelligence." Research indicates that not only is emotional intelligence more important than technical skills or traditional cognitive skills in shaping leadership effectiveness, but an organization's success is directly related to the emotional intelligence level of its leaders. As the working environment continues to change, emotional intelligence skills become increasingly important in determining who succeeds and who fails. Learn how to assess, develop and apply the emotionally intelligent competencies required for a leadership position.

Course Schedule

2 days

Credits

1.2 CEUs

Tuition

$899
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the concept of emotional intelligence and how it relates to successful leadership performance
  • Cultivate emotional intelligence in your organization
  • Develop a specific action plan for applying emotional intelligence in the workplace
  • Utilize emotional intelligence to make more well-informed decisions

Course Benefits

Benefits to participants:

  • Have a better understanding of emotional intelligence and the role it plays in effective leadership.
  • Develop competencies related to interpersonal skills and oral communication.
  • Explore what counts in building coalitions and networks.
  • Practice active listening.
  • Learn how to give and receive feedback.
  • Have a higher capacity for expanded leadership.

Benefits to organizations:

  • Retain, support and grow talent.
  • Can trust that their leaders will come away better equipped to lead and be led.
  • Have access to training with proven success for 30 years.

Is this Course for You?

This course is ideal for executives who want to learn more about emotional intelligence and how to develop it both for oneself and in others.
In order to receive a certificate of completion for Emotionally Intelligent Leaders, learners must attend all days of instruction and complete all course requirements.

Next Steps

This course is open enrollment. Participants register online through our student registration system either directly or through an agency representative.

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The Leadership Challenge©

Audience: Those in leadership positions who want to develop leadership competencies Program Schedule: 2 Days Credit: 1.2 CEU Tuition: $1149 Course ID: LEAD8007L

Course Description

The Leadership Challenge© is for managers and executives who want to become an exemplary leaders in all aspects of their lives. Participants are introduced to the Five Best Practices of Exemplary Leadership based on the research of award-winning and best-selling authors, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. The curriculum addresses practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations and risks into rewards. Participants will need to complete the following tasks prior to attending class: the Leadership Practice Inventory (LPI), a 360° assessment, Leadership Best Experience Essay and leadership characteristics questionnaire. Upon registration, participants will be provided the information to complete these requirements. Due to the amount of pre-course work, potential participants should register at least three weeks before the start of training to complete the required pre-course assignments. Registration for the course will close early and no late registrants will be accepted.
“Leadership is about how leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done." - Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner

Course Schedule

2 Days

Credits

1.2 CEUs

Tuition

$1149
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Course Objectives

  • Identify your leadership strengths and areas for improvement
  • Communicate your fundamental values and beliefs
  • Inspire others to share a common vision
  • Focus on efforts on aligning key values and beliefs
  • Build collaboration, teamwork and trust
  • Strengthen the ability of others to excel
  • Recognize the accomplishments of others
  • Apply the Five Best Practices of Exemplary Leadership to a current organizational challenge

Course Benefits:

Benefits to participants:

  • Conduct a leadership practice inventory.
  • Are challenged to reach beyond what they thought possible for themselves and others.
  • Develop a vision for their future.
  • Learn how to challenge the process and take risks.
  • Bring back strategies for collaboration.
  • Expand their concepts of how to lead effectively.

Benefits to Organizations:

  • Retain, support and grow talent.
  • Gain trusted leaders who will be better equipped to lead and be led.
  • Know that the training investment in leadership will reap huge rewards throughout their team.

Is this Course for You?

This course is for you if you want to see how others perceive you as a leader, through the 360o inventory assessment.
The Leadership Challenge© is for you if you want to be challenged to explore your relationship to leadership. Lastly, if you want to learn five practices of effective leadership which is key to the leadership process, then this course is for you.
In order to receive a certificate of completion for The Leadership Challenge©, participants must attend all days of instruction and complete all course requirements.

Next Steps

This course is open enrollment. Participants register online through our student registration system either directly or through an agency representative.

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Systems Thinking (contract)

Audience: Executives who want to learn about systems thinking and its role in improving production and operations
Program Schedule: 2 Days
Credit: 1.2 CEU
Tuition: $899
Course ID: LEAD8100L

Course Description

Find out how your organization really works and gain insight into tackling workplace issues through systems thinking. Develop systems thinking skills for everyday use. Assist work teams with complex problems and design appropriate interventions by learning the vocabulary for communicating about systems, casual diagramming techniques and the use of systems archetypes in practical settings.

Course Schedule

2 days

Credits

1.2 CEUs

Tuition

$899
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the cause-and-effect dynamics of performance and phenomena (good and bad)
  • Apply the vocabulary and diagramming techniques for using systems thinking in practical workplace problem solving and analysis
  • Apply the systems archetypes and tools to your own workplace challenges

Course Benefits

Benefits to participants:

  • Better understand foundations of system thinking and considerations.
  • Learn about key concepts of enterprise architecture, flowcharting, performance measures, efficiency vs. productivity, and how to improve productivity.
  • Are introduced to systems design and layout, systems and quality, and how to analyze a system for risk.
  • Are educated about best practices and latest trends in systems thinking.
  • Meet and work with peers from other organizations.

Benefits to organizations:

  • Retain, support and grow their talent.
  • Have trustworthy leaders who are equipped to lead and be led.
  • Gain access to training with proven success for 30 years.

Is this Course for You?

This course is ideal for the executive who want to understand how systems thinking can help them and their organizations be more productive using various tools like Lean Six Sigma and risk reduction strategies. In order to receive a certificate of completion for Systems Thinking, learners must attend all days of instruction and complete all course requirements.

Next Steps

This is a contract only course at this time. Please reach out to us using the information provided below.

Take Action

  • To learn more about the Center for Leadership and Management, to request a visit from us, or to order assessments or other services, please contact us at 202.314.3580 or email clm@graduateschool.edu.
  • This is a contract only course. Please contact us directly.
Writing ECQ Statements (contract)

Audience: Senior executives at the GS 13-15 level applying to the Senior Executive Service
Program Schedule: 1 Days
Credit: .6 CEU
Tuition: Contract
Course ID: LEAD9100L

Course Description

Review the history and requirements of the Senior Executive Service with a focus on policies, procedures and the application process. Use the Office of Personnel and Management’s guidelines for writing Executive Core Qualification statements (ECQs) to gain an understanding of the competencies that comprise each ECQ. You are guided through a self-assessment and will write ECQ statements with the assistance of a coach.

Course Schedule

One days

Credits

.6 CEUs

Tuition

Contract
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Objectives

  • Describe the structure of the SES and how you gain access to it
  • Apply basic guidelines for writing your Executive Core Qualification statements
  • Identify the competencies and tasks that comprise the leadership effectiveness framework
  • Describe development resources to gain additional experience with specific Executive Core Qualifications

Course Benefits

Benefits to participants:

  • Are more informed of the process for applying for and being accepted into the SES.
  • Get practical guidance on the approach to writing ECQ statements.
  • Are given time and coaching on writing their own ECQ statements.
  • Learn from others going through similar challenges.
  • Get coaching from those who have direct experience reviewing SES applications.

Benefits to organization:

  • Retain, support and grow talent.
  • Have leaders who are equipped to lead at the highest levels of government.
  • Gain access to training with proven success for 30 years.

Is this Course for You?

This course is ideal for executives who want to better understand the process for applying to the SES and get practical guidance on how to capture their key accomplishments using the Writing ECQ statements framework. In order to receive a certificate of completion for Writing ECQ Statements, learners must attend all days of instruction and complete all course requirements.

Next Steps

This is a contract only course at this time. Please reach out to us using the information provided below.

Take Action

  • To learn more about the Center for Leadership and Management, to request a visit from us, or to order assessments or other services, please contact us at 202.314.3580 or email clm@graduateschool.edu.
  • This is a contract only course. Please contact us directly.
Congressional Operations Workshop (contract)

Audience: Supervisors, managers and executives in the federal government who need to both influence congressional decisions and understand the impact that those decisions have on their organizations.
Program Schedule: 2 Days
Credit: 1.2 CEU
Tuition: Contract
Course ID: LEAD9200L

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of congressional operations, culture and the legislative process. Participants come away with a deeper understanding of Congress as an institution, the committee system, communication with members and staff, business on the Senate and House floors, resolving differences, the budget process and key resources.

Course Schedule

2 days

Credits

1.2 CEUs

Tuition

Contract
Tuition covers all materials. Travel is not included.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the leadership and organization of Congress, as well as the political forces that shape legislation
  • Understand how congressional committees and floor procedures affect how a bill becomes a law
  • Discuss the roles of personnel and committee staff
  • Explain how the media, special interests and money influence policy formation
  • Provide helpful resources for tracking congressional activity

Course Benefits

Benefits to participants:

  • Better informed about congressional operations as a whole.
  • Learn about congressional rules in both the House and Senate.
  • Have a better understanding of the role lobbyists, trade associations, and the media play in influencing Congress.
  • Learn about the participation of the Executive Branch and Office of Management and Budget in the legislative process.

Benefits to organizations:

  • Have employees who better understand how Congress works.
  • Learn how to prepare for delivering congressional testimony.
  • Gain access to training with proven success for 30 years.

Is this Course for You?

This course is ideal for executives who want a better understanding of the complex workings of Congress, and the roles the various agencies and influencers of congressional actions play.
In order to receive a certificate of completion for Congressional Operations Workshop, learners must attend all days of instruction and complete program requirements.

Next Steps

This is a contract only course at this time. Please reach out to us using the information provided below.

Take Action

  • To learn more about the Center for Leadership and Management, to request a visit from us, or to order assessments or other services, please contact us at 202.314.3580 or email clm@graduateschool.edu.
  • This is a contract only course. Please contact us directly.

Assessments

The Center uses a variety of assessments in their courses. These are also available to organizations on a contract basis. They are also available to anyone on an individual basis. For more information contact us at clm@graduateschool.edu.

  • Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B)
  • Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®