State/Regional Leadership Development Programs

 OPM's State/Regional Leadership Development Programs (LDP)Group of students

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Center for Leadership Development is proud to offer its highly effective leadership development programs. The Colorado Leadership Development Program (CLDP) began in 2000 and served as the foundation for the highly successful Utah Leadership Development Program (ULDP), established in 2009; and the New Mexico Leadership Development Program (NMLDP) established in 2010. In 2017, four new Leadership Development Programs have been added: the Caribbean Leadership Development Program (CRBLDP) in Puerto Rico; the South Central Leadership Development Program (SCLDP) in Oklahoma City, OK; the New England Leadership Development Program (NELDP) in Boston, MA; and the Kansas City Leadership Development Program (KCLDP) in Kansas City, MO.

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.

Major Components

Program Orientation

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 OPM Leadership 360), experiential activities, discussion groups and presentations provide participants an opportunity to explore and develop awareness of their strengths and areas for potential development.

Monthly Sessions

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.

Professional Coaching

Six hours of 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 Plan and Developmental Activities

After the Orientation, participants return to their organizations and begin work on their Individual Development Plan and a Developmental Activity Plan for one or more developmental activities. Implementation of the Developmental Activity Plan takes place throughout the program and a Final Report is due at the end of the program. 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.

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.

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:


Answers to frequently-asked questions can be found on our FAQ page.

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Paulette Robinson
Regional LDP Manager

Julianne Gatewood
Regional LDP Customer Outreach Coordinator

Last modified: Monday, January 8, 2018, 4:35 AM