State/Regional Leadership Development Programs
OPM's State/Regional Leadership Development Programs (LDP)
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 Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, and Washington, DC.
These programs are designed to meet the leadership development needs of selected federal professionals at the GS 14-13 level, as well as high potential GS-12’s, 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 specific monthly sessions 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.
Each program features an unique one year or six 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.
Throughout the remainder of the program, 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 to explore aspects of emotional intelligence, conflict management, and, change management skills, among others, to further explore self-awareness and promote opportunities for personal growth and development.
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.
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.
Career Development Session and Graduation
The program concludes with a two-day meeting where participants will participate in a career development session and a culminating event encompassing all aspects of the program, assess personal growth and results, develop a plan for continuing to build on the successes they have achieved and celebrate their accomplishments.
- 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)
- Heartland Leadership Development Program (in Kansas City, MO)
- New England Leadership Development Program (in Bedford, MA)
- New Mexico Leadership Development Program (in Albuquerque, NM)
- Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Leadership Development Program (in Fort Worth, TX)
- Oklahoma Leadership Development Program (In Oklahoma City, OK)
- Utah Leadership Development Program (in Salt Lake City, UT)
- Washington, DC Leadership Development Program (in Washington, DC)
Interested in having an OPM Leadership Development Program in YOUR State or Region?