OPM's Regional Leadership Development Programs

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Center for Leadership Development is proud to offer our highly effective state/regional leadership development programs. The Colorado Leadership Development Program (CLDP) began in 2000 and served as the foundation for state/regional leadership development programs in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, and Washington, DC.Three business people

These programs are designed to meet the leadership development needs of selected federal professionals at the GS-12, GS-13, and GS-14 levels or equivalent, who work in federal, state or local government organizations located in those regions.

The programs are based on a “whole person” model comprised of four dimensions:  intellectual, emotional, physical, and behavioral.  The curriculum combines this model with bi-monthly classroom sessions and webinars taught by professional facilitators and focuses on development of the OPM Leadership Competencies or Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Research has shown that development of these competencies is essential to success in senior-level public sector leadership positions.

Major Components
Program Orientation

Each program features a seven month format that begins with an intense three-day orientation focused on self-awareness and understanding. During orientation, psychological and behavioral assessments (MBTI, FIRO-B, and the Leadership Practices Inventory), experiential activities, discussion groups and presentations provide participants an opportunity to explore and develop awareness of their strengths and areas for potential development.

Bi-Monthly Classroom Sessions

Throughout the remainder of the program, bi-monthly facilitated topic sessions are focused on delivery of content and activities designed to build on strengths and develop challenge areas.  A number of additional assessments are conducted throughout the program to explore aspects of emotional intelligence, conflict management, and peak performance among others, to further explore self-awareness and promote opportunities for personal growth and development.

Professional Coaching

Four one-on-one individual consultations with a professional coach are conducted to guide the participant’s development over the course of the program. This aspect of the program has been shown to facilitate assimilation of content, personal transformation and development, and transfer of learning.

Development Activities

Individual Development Activity

After the Orientation, participants return to their organizations and begin work on their Individual Development Activity. The selected development activity should provide the participant with an opportunity to stretch and develop their challenge areas and are to be tailored around both a personal/professional road map as well as the needs of the participant’s organization. Implementation of the Individual Development Activity takes place throughout the program and a Final Report is due at the end of the program. 

Team Development Activity

Over the course of the program, participants collaborate on a research-based Team Development Activity to support the development and application of effective team building and team leadership skills. On the last day of the program, teams will give a presentation on the results of their activity and the dynamics of working together as a team.

Program Benefits

  • Participants in OPM's State/Regional Leadership Development Programs represent an expansive cross-section of civilian and military agencies and organizations. This interagency perspective provides participants an opportunity to network with and gain peer support from professionals of other agencies to enhance the learning process and the value of the LDP experience.
  • Locally held sessions reduce travel costs and time away from the job
  • Provide participants with a convenient venue for participation in premier learning and development opportunities.
  • Based on feedback from past participants and their supervisors, the program significantly contributes to organizational leadership capabilities, career development and personal and professional growth. Feedback from participants demonstrates that these programs provide them with unique benefits not experienced in their prior professional development training. These include greater flexibility in leadership style; increased appreciation for the differences between individuals in the workplace; the ability to see things from different perspectives and to successfully take action; greater risk taking initiative; and unique opportunities to integrate prior training experiences.

State/Regional Leadership Program Schedules

Visit the pages below for more information about the nomination process and key dates for the State/Regional Leadership Development Programs:

Colorado Leadership Development Program (in Denver, CO)
      Cohort 20: (October 21, 2019 - April 23, 2020) 

Monterey Leadership Development Program (in Seaside, CA)

New England Leadership Development Program (in Bedford, MA)

      Cohort 3 (August 5, 2019 - February 13, 2020)

New Mexico Leadership Development Program (in Albuquerque, NM)

North Texas Leadership Development Program (in Fort Worth, TX)
     Cohort 3 (January 28 - June 17, 2020)

St. Louis Leadership Development Program (in St. Louis, MO)
     Cohort 1 (July 29, 2019 -February 13, 2020)

Washington, DC Leadership Development Program (in Arlington, VA)

      Cohort 5  (September 9, 2019 - March 12, 2020)

Interested in having an OPM Leadership Development Program in YOUR State or Region?

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Cheronn Collins
Regional LDP Manager

Julianne Gatewood
Regional LDP Customer Outreach Coordinator

Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 10:31 AM