About the Program
The Executive Potential Program, conducted by the Graduate School,
USDA, is a yearlong competency-based leadership program designed to
develop senior-level public service employees into more effective
leaders. The program is based on the Office of Personnel Management's
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Graduate School, USDA's
Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI).
Participants engage in classroom discussions, group exercises,
learning teams and independent studies. The program challenges its
participants to step outside their comfort level, to sample new
environments and to stretch, grow, contribute and make a difference.
The training requires participants to be away from
their position for a minimum of six months over a one-year period. The
program components include:
- Four one-week residential sessions
- Two 60-day developmental work assignments
- 360-degree feedback assessment Leadership
Effectiveness Inventory (LEI)
- Leadership development plan
- Experiential learning teams/projects
- Senior executive mentor
- Senior executive interviews and shadowing
Strengthen needed competencies in such leadership
skills as creativity and innovation, external awareness, conflict
management, team building, customer service, accountability, financial
management, human resource management, partnering, etc.
Full-time permanent employees at
the GS 13-15, WS 14-18, WL 14-15, and O4 to O5 levels who have
demonstrated significant managerial or executive potential and have had
limited formal managerial training.
This course will NOT be offered this year. Please check back next year!
- Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to
submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access.
Course code: 500915.
- 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 first flag officer or SES in the applicant's chain
- Scan the documents (in paragraphs 2-4 above)
into a pdf file and send as an e-mail attachment to
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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