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DHS Cornerstone Program


As a component of the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard has been mandated to deliver to their new and seasoned supervisors, both military and civilian, a supervisory training program that provides leadership training to anyone supervising a civilian.

About the Program

Secretary Napolitano established the Leader Development Program Office in May 2010 under the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer in order to elevate the importance of leader effectiveness across DHS as an investment in mission achievement. Through the dedicated efforts of cross-Component working groups, the DHS Leader Development Program was established around a DHS-specific Leader Development Framework and Leader Development Competencies. This Framework identified five levels of DHS leaders—Team Member, Team Lead, Supervisor, Manager, and Executive—and high-level roadmaps for foundational and best-practice developmental activities at each level. The purpose of the Leader Development Program is to ensure all DHS Components collaborate to support a consistent investment in the development of every leader across the Department.

Deputy Secretary Lute approved the Leader Development Framework in January 2011 and provided direction for the path forward. She prioritized the construction and implementation of the Cornerstone Program, which provides a developmental roadmap for new and seasoned supervisors at all levels across the Department, as the first and most critical element of the Framework. The Cornerstone Program is designed to take a baseline requirements approach in order to optimize the many established leader development activities already in place across the Department, and highlight opportunities for increasingly efficient, effective, and consistent development—while still supporting Component-specific mission-centric leader development as necessary. This approach allows Components to identify the best way for their target audiences to meet these requirements, whether through existing training, new developmental activities, collaborative cross-Component programming, or a combination.

The DHS/USCG Cornerstone Program includes:

         Understanding the DHS Leadership Commitment (non-supervisory audiences)

     Supervisory Onboarding: L90X (all first-time DHS supervisory appointments at all levels)

     Fundamentals of DHS Leadership (all new to federal supervision)

     Continuous Supervisory Leader Development (annual requirements for all DHS supervisors)

Coast Guard Implementation of the Cornerstone Program!

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Continuous Supervisory Leader Development

Supervisors of Civilians-Tier 1

View & Learn!! The Leadership News (TLN) sat down with Deputy Executive Director of DHS Leader Development and creator of The Cornerstone Program. Ms. Lina Savkar for an up-close interview to discuss the details of both The Leader Development Program and the Cornerstone Program.  Click on a link below to see the video!

What is the Leader Development Program?

What is Cornerstone?

Read & Learn!! Below are a variety of great resources that can help you become more familiar with the Leaders Development Program and Cornerstone. Click on any link below!

DHS Cornerstone Quick Facts Trifold

DHS LDP/Cornerstone Presentation

Cornerstone FAQ's

For more additional questions or concerns please email your request HERE.

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