Leadership for a Democratic Society

Historical Foundations for Leading Contemporary Transformations

Overview

Transformational leadership is one of the most significant issues influencing federal government performance and agency effectiveness. Government leaders are being asked to re-imagine operations, function with fewer resources and find new ways to tackle complex challenges. Bringing visionary thinking to these situations in transformational ways is a skill set that distinguishes great executives from good. 

Since its founding in 1968, the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) has empowered more than 20,000 senior executives to become visionary leaders who can think broadly and manage strategically. As your agency leadership faces the challenges ahead, FEI serves as to provide an executive leadership-development opportunity that challenges government executives to reach beyond their past practices to embrace a broader perspective of governance and new leadership capacity to better serve and support the American people. 

Using the U.S. Constitution as the principal foundation, the Leadership for a Democratic Society (LDS) program guides executives to understand the diverse goals of the government and the citizens it serves. FEI challenges executives to excel in a 21st-century world while remaining connected to the Constitutional values forged in the 18th century. Through this program of study, government executives find their voices and access wisdom to move their agencies in the strategic directions necessary for it to better achieve its mission. The LDS program provides a life-empowering and career-strengthening experience that will serve as the enduring foundation of each executive leader’s journey of personal and professional growth. 

Leveraging the expertise and experience of each executive, the LDS establishes a learning community where the participants and faculty are both teachers and learners. Anchored in scientifically validated leadership theory and principals, the core curriculum is aligned with OPM’s Executive Core Qualifications and Leadership Competencies. In addition to the LDS Core Curriculum, LDS participants, through a selection of learning environments and topics, tailor their learning experience to meet their self-determined goals and interests. Each executive completes several introspective assignments, at least one action learning project, and produces plans to transform themselves and their organizations.

How will you benefit?

LDS prepares senior-level leaders for today’s complex challenges, including: 

    • Broadened understanding of the U.S. Constitution as the foundation for Federal public service;
    • Increased critical self-awareness as an individual, team member, and leader;
    • Enhanced leadership and management strengths and areas for improvement, especially in the areas of team-building, strategic thinking, influencing/negotiating, political savvy, and external awareness;
    • Enhanced ability to identify problems and plan for action to improve organizational effectiveness;
    • Appreciate more fully the importance of Federal service and the diverse talents and resources of Federal executives;
    • Improved ability to leverage the diverse talents of the Federal workforce;
    • Expanded professional networks, enabling improved inter-organizational collaboration and problem-solving;
    • Increased resiliency, mental and physical wellness, and work-life balance.
 

Who should attend?

  • Senior Executive Service members, GS-15s or their equivalents
  • Selected senior non-federal employees, to include Private sector, state and local government who are of an equivalent grade/level (as determined by FEI)
  • GS-14 Federal employees (and equivalents in other pay systems) who have executive-level duties may request a grade waiver to participate in the LDS program. Please contact the FEI Registrar for additional information and guidance.
How to register 
Registration for this course must be submitted by your agency training office to the FEI Registrar. Many spaces in this program are sold to agency training representatives prior to the start of each fiscal year. However, individual spaces may be available in specific programs.

Interested in attending the LDS?

Voice: 434-980-6232
TDD/TTD: 434-980-6299
Fax: 434-980-6267
Email: FEIRegistrar@opm.gov
 

Length

4 weeks
 

 

 
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RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: September 22 - October 18, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: August 4 - 30, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: July 7 - August 2, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: June 2 - 28, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: May 12 – 24, 2019

             September 8 – 20, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: April 14 - May 10, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: March 3 - 29, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


BLENDED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: March 31 - April 12, 2019

             April 15 - August 30, 2019 (Online) 

             September 4 - 6, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $15,627.00


RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: February 3 - March 1, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: January 6 – February 1, 2019

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: December 2 - 14, 2018 (Charlottesville, VA)

              March 31 - April 12, 2019 (Denver, CO)

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA/Denver, CO

Tuition: $20,869.00

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: October 14 - November 9, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: September 9 – October 5, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: August 5 –31, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: July 8 – August 3, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: June 3 – 29, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: April 29 – May 25, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: March 4 – 30, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: February 4 – March 2, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: April 15 – 27, 2018

             May 29 - June 1, 2018

             September 4 - 7, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: January 7 – 19, 2018

              April 1 – 13, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00

BLENDED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: December 3 – 15, 2017

             December 16, 2017 – May 30, 2018 (Online) 

             May 30 – June 1, 2018

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $15,627.00

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: October 15 – November 10, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $20,869.00


Status: Open

Dates: September 10 - October 6, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Open

Dates: August 6 - September 1, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Open

Dates: July 9 - August 4, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Open

Dates: June 4 - 30, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Dates: April 30 - May 26, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Dates: April 2 - 28, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Dates: January 8 - February 3, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

BLENDED LEARNING PROGRAM

Dates: Residential, December 4 - 16, 2016

            Online, December 17, 2016 - May 30, 2017
            Conclusion/Graduation, May 31 - June 2, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $14,883

APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Dates: November 6 - 18, 2016 and March 12 - 24, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Dates: October 23 - November 4, 2016 and February 26 - March 10, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Dates: October 9 -21, 2016 and February 5 -17, 2017

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: September 11 - October 7, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: August 7 - September 2, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: July 10 - August 5, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: June 5 - July 1, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: May 1 - 27, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: April 3 - 29, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: January 31 - February 26, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: January 3 - 29, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

BLENDED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Open

Dates: Residential, December 6 - 18, 2015
            Online, December 19, 2015 - June 1, 2016
            Conclusion/Graduation, June 2 - 3, 2016

Facility: Henderson, Nevada

Location: Henderson, Nevada

Tuition: $14,883

APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Full

Dates: November 8 - 20, 2015 and March 13 - 25, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Full

Dates: October 18 - 30, 2015 and February 28 - March 11, 2016

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: September 13 - October 9, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: August 9 - September 4, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: July 12 - August 7, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: May 31 - June 26, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

BLENDED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Full

Dates: Residential, May 10 - 22, 2015
          Online, May 23, 2015 - October 22, 2015
          Conclusion/Graduation, October 23, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $14,883

Status: Full

Dates: April 12 - May 8, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: February 1 - 27, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Full

Dates: January 4 - 30, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Full

Dates: December 7 - 19, 2014 and March 22 - April 3, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

APPLIED LEARNING PROGRAM

Status: Full

Dates: November 9 - 21, 2014 and March 1 - 13, 2015

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

Status: Open

Dates: October 5 - 31, 2014

Facility: Federal Executive Institute

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $19,875

 

Leadership for a Democratic Society Program 403 (Alumni) has been set up to facilitate continued collaboration between the participants and faculty of LDS 403.

Leadership for a Democratic Society Program 404 (Alumni) has been set up to facilitate continued collaboration between the participants and faculty of LDS 404.

Applied Learning Program

Dates: June 15 - 27, 2014 and September 21 - October 3, 2014

Location: Charlottesville VA

Tuition: $19,875.00

Blended Learning Program - NEW Pilot Program

Dates: Residential, March 2 - 14, 2014
           Online, March 15 - February 12, 2015
           Graduation, February 13, 2015

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Tuition: $14,800.00