Heartland Leadership Development Program FY-2019 (formerly Kansas City Leadership Development Program)

Program Overview

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Eastern Management Development Group  of employees

Center (EMDC) is pleased to announce the  Class of 2019 Heartland Leadership Development Program (formerly the Kansas City Leadership Development Program). This innovative program is designed to meet the leadership development needs of select federal professionals at the GS-14, GS-13, and GS-12 level or equivalent, who work in federal, state, or local government organizations located Kansas City and the surrounding area. The Heartland Leadership Development Program (HLDP) is designed as a six-month program to fulfill the leadership development needs of federal leaders in this region.

The program is 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 highly-skilled professional facilitators who focus on development of the OPM Leadership Competencies or Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).  Research shows that development of these competencies is essential to success in senior-level public sector leadership positions.

The HLDP is part of a group of very successful regional programs already offered by OPM, beginning with the Colorado Leadership Development Program (CLDP) in 2000.  In addition to the CLDP, the catalog of Regional Leadership Development Programs also include programs in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, and Washington, DC.

The HLDP class of 2019 is scheduled to begin with a three-day Orientation session on February 20-22, 2019.  Interested participants must register and submit payment by February 1, 2019  to be included on the class roster.  See the “How to Apply” section below for instructions.  If your agency has an internal selection process, make sure to follow your agency's guidelines before you register.

Major Components

Program Orientation

The program features a unique 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 with 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 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 transference 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.

Career Development Session and Graduation

The six-month program concludes with a two-day meeting where participants will engage in a Career Development session and a culminating event encompassing all aspects of the program, assess personal and professional growth and results, develop a plan for continuing to build on the successes they have achieved, and celebrate their accomplishments.

Program Benefits

  • Participants in the program represent an expansive cross-section of civilian and military agencies and organizations. This inter-agency perspective provides participants with an opportunity to network with and gain peer support from professionals from other agencies to enhance the learning process and the value of the HLDP experience.
  • Locally held sessions reduce TDY costs and time away from the jobs.
  • Provides participants with a convenient venue for participation in premier learning and development opportunities.
  • Based on feedback from past participants and their supervisors, the program presents a tremendous opportunity that significantly contributes to organizational leadership capabilities, career development, and personal growth.  Feedback from participants demonstrates that the program has provided them with transformative benefits not experienced in their prior professional development training.  These include greater flexibility in leadership style; increased skill in recognizing 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.

Testimonials from LDP Graduates:

The amount of very high quality and well-presented information ... the experience of interacting with the other participants has changed my approach to the world, both professionally and personally, in a very positive way.”

“Every class provided knowledge, insight, tools, and techniques that are applicable to my work and to my life.  Specifically, the concept of self-awareness and an awareness of others’ individual strengths, characteristics, personality, and differences and adapting one’s own communication and approach to these areas and was a key program learning for me.”

“I loved the fact that classes were local so I didn’t have to spend so much time away from work. I loved the pace, having a month between sessions allowed me to put what I learned to use before having to learn something new.  The coaching was invaluable in helping me learn about myself and build my confidence.”

Program Schedule

(Session hours are 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, unless otherwise noted)

Program Orientation: Leading SelfFebruary 20-22, 2019
*Participants' Supervisor OrientationFebruary 26, 2019
Leading High-Performing Teams March 19-20, 2019
Emotional Intelligence March 21, 2019
Peak Performance and Resiliency March 22, 2019
Conflict Management and Collaborative Problem-SolvingApril 23-24, 2019
Coaching Skills for LeadersApril 25, 2019
Leading ChangeMay 21, 2019
Ethical Decision MakingMay 22, 2019
Navigating Your Career June 18, 2019
Course Review/GraduationJune 19, 2019

Please note: Participants must be able to commit to attending all sessions. Attendance at Orientation is mandatory.

*Participants' Supervisors only; attendance is highly encouraged. This session is to provide supervisors with information to support their participant’s leadership journey.


Tuition, to be paid by your agency, for the HLDP 2019 is $6,950.  This includes 14 days of training and development, the administration of at least six assessment instruments, books, and four one-on-one professional coaching sessions.


Bolling Federal Building
601 E 12th St, Room 137
Kansas City, MO 64106

How to Register

Interested applicants must complete their on-line registration, including payment, by February 1, 2019.

Action items required to reserve your seat:

  1. To complete your registration, click on the "Register" button at the following link and fill out the form: https://leadership.opm.gov/programs.aspx?c=247
  2. To complete payment, submit your SF-182 to register@opm.govIf paying by Government Purchase Card complete the Tuition Billing Information section on the registration web page accessed in step 1.  For answers to the most common payment questions open the LDP Payment Checklist.

To ensure your seat, complete each action item as early as possible.  The maximum class enrollment is 36 participants.  Once the class is full, all remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Important Deadlines

Submission of Registration and Payment Due Date February 1, 2019
Program Start DateFebruary 20, 2019
Program Graduation Date June 19, 2019

Contact Information

 Cheronn Collins, HLDP Manager
  • Phone: 202-606-5049

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