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Office of Leadership (CG-12C)

Aspiring Leader Program (500926)

About the Course

The Aspiring Leader Program, conducted by the Graduate School, USA, prepares federal employees for positions as team leaders, supervisors and managers. The program is designed to strengthen basic competencies in oral and written communication, problem solving, leadership, interpersonal skills, self-direction, flexibility, customer service, and decisiveness.

The training requires participants to be away from their primary duties for two, one-week, sessions over a two month period. The program components include:
  1. A team project that involves the design and delivery of a one-hour presentation on a management related topic
  2. An individual needs assessment (covering Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI) and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
  3. Formulation of a leadership development plan
  4. A one-week assignment "shadowing" a federal manager
  5. One-on-one interviews with federal managers
  6. The reading and preparation of a written review of two books on management issues

This commitment must be clearly understood by all applicants and their supervisors.

Participant Objectives

Strengthen basic competencies in team and managerial skills so that they can excel in their current job and be competitive for promotion opportunities.

Class Convening Dates

Application deadline: 19 Feb 2016.

Application Procedures

To apply:
  1. Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access. Course code: 500926.
  2. Complete a Grad School Application Form, which includes statements from the applicant and their supervisor.
  3. Submit a current OF612, resume, or equivalent documentation, signed and dated by the applicant showing current home address.
  4. Include a letter of nomination in CG memo format from the commanding officer at field units or appropriate office/division chief for HQ, Area, District or Sector staffs.
  5. Scan the documents (in paragraphs 2-4 above) into a .pdf file and send as an email attachment Include the course title within the subject line of the email.

Costs are paid by Coast Guard Headquarters (AFC 56 "C" school account).

Selection Procedures

  1. A selection panel will review the documents of all eligible applicants.
  2. Selected individuals will be notified by record message traffic of their selection.
  3. Alternates will be selected and will attend the program in the event a primary candidate cannot attend.
  4. Selected individuals will be directed to submit a completed SF182, including the signed Continued Service Agreement (pages 4-5 of the SF182).

Program Manager

Kin Szeto, COMDT (CG-12C), phone 202-475-5515, email

More Information
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