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Executive Potential Program

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:

  1. Four one-week residential sessions 
  2. Two 60-day developmental work assignments 
  3. 360-degree feedback assessment Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI)
  4. Leadership development plan 
  5. Experiential learning teams/projects 
  6. Senior executive mentor 
  7. Senior executive interviews and shadowing assignments 
  8. Benchmarking 

Participant Objectives

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.


Sorry!  This course will NOT be offered this year. Please check back next year!

Application Procedures

To apply:

  1. Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access. Course code: 500915.
  2. Complete a Grad School Application Form, which includes statements from the applicant and their supervisor.
  3. Submit a current OF-612, 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 first flag officer or SES in the applicant's chain of command.
  5. 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).

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 SF 182, including the signed Continued Service Agreement (pages 4-5 of the SF 182).

More Information

Learn more on how to be the best Executive you can be with OPM's Executive Development Best Practices Guide!

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