Aspiring Leader Program
About the Program
The Aspiring Leader Program,
conducted by the Graduate School, USDA, 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 position for a minimum of 20 days over a three month period. The
program components include:
- Three 5-day residential sessions
- A team project that involves the design and
delivery of a one-hour presentation on a management related topic
- An individual needs assessment (covering
Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI) and Myers-Briggs Type
- Formulation of a leadership development plan
- A one-week assignment "shadowing" a
- One-on-one interviews with federal managers
- The reading and preparation of a written review
of two books on management issues
Strengthen basic competencies in team and
managerial skills so that they can excel in their current job and be
competitive for promotion opportunities.
Full time permanent employees at
the GS 4-6, WG 5-11, WL 1-14, and WS 1-8 levels, who are motivated
self-starters, and desire to acquire the skills they need to work well
in a team environment.
July 7, 2014 - August 15, 2014
- Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to
submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access.
Course code: 500926.
- Complete a
Grad School Application Form, which includes statements from the
applicant and their supervisor.
- Submit a current OF-612, resume, or equivalent
documentation, signed and dated by the applicant showing current
- Include a letter of nomination in CG memo
format from the commanding officer at field units or appropriate
office/division chief for HQ, Area, MLC, or District staffs.
- Scan the documents (in paragraphs 2-4 above)
into a pdf file and send as an e-mail attachment
Include the course title within the subject line of the e-mail.
Costs are paid by Coast Guard Headquarters (AFC
56 "C" school account).
- A selection panel will review the documents of
all eligible applicants.
- Selected individuals will be notified by record
message traffic of their selection.
- Alternates will be selected and will attend the
program in the event a primary candidate cannot attend.
- Selected individuals will be directed to submit
a completed SF
182, including the signed Continued Service Agreement (pages 4-5
of the SF 182).
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