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NEW Leadership Programs

DOI Leadership Institute is pleased to announce two unique in-person leadership development courses this summer.  Registration closes soon so act now to guarantee your spot in these one-of-a-kind programs!  


Taking Flight for High Performing Teams & CARE®-ing Leadership will be held at USFWS’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, WV. This course is designed for those who lead project teams, serve as team leads, or supervise a team.  Participants will have an immersive experience that explores their personal leadership style and how to leverage this style to effectively communicate and lead others.  In addition, participants will learn how to create a more human workplace through a hands-on, practical leadership simulation.   

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Dates: Aug 21-24

Tuition: $2,200

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Registration for Non-DOI Federal employees


Learning from our Lands: Exploring Leadership Lessons in Colorado Elevate your leadership skills with this unique development program where DOI field sites serve as the classroom.  No boring lectures with this course!  It was created to foster the connection, commitment, and relevance of leadership to the purpose and mission of the Department. This program will introduce you to leadership concepts and tools to enhance your leadership style and demonstrate true leadership in action. 

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Dates: Aug 21-25

Tuition: $1,750

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The Leadership Development Journey

Leadership is a journey that requires thinking beyond your role, committing to challenging yourself, developing your leadership competencies, and continually fine-tuning your skills. The leadership journey begins the moment you are hired. This chart depicts the roadmap for leadership development and will help you craft your Individual Development Plan (IDP). Included on the chart are the levels of leadership and management identified by OPM. The related competencies are those you must have to be successful at each level. The fundamental or core leadership competencies are basic for all employees and research has shown that employees who become proficient in these competencies have a greater rate of success in their career progression. Contact us for assistance with developing a plan to achieve your individual and organizational leadership goals.

The Path to Leadership Development
Level Role Challenges Competencies

Managing Self

All Employees

  • Prepare for leadership role
  • Increase personal effectiveness
  • Master leadership fundamentals
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Continual Learning
  • Public Service Motivation

Managing Projects

Team Leader/Project Manager

  • Transition from individual performer to leading a team
  • Build professional relationships
  • Anticipate customer needs
  • Team Building
  • Customer Service
  • Technical Credibility
  • Accountability
  • Influencing/Negotiating

Leading and Managing People


  • Build relationships to accomplish the work
  • Handle conflict effectively
  • Analyze and solve problems effectively
  • Human Capital Management
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Conflict Management
  • Developing Others
  • Problem Solving

Leading and Managing Programs


  • Navigate in a political environment
  • Sell ideas to senior leaders
  • Set vision and build toward the future
  • Manage financial resources
  • Incorporate technology to increase efficiency
  • Technology Management
  • Financial Management
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Partnering
  • Political Savvy
  • Flexibility

Leading and Managing Organizations


  • Foster alignment across the organization
  • Set organizational direction
  • Set long-term and short-term strategy
  • External Awareness
  • Vision
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Resilience
  • Decisiveness


About Our Leadership Programs

DOI University's leadership programs provide a planned, systematic, competency-based approach to developing future leaders at all levels of the organization. We place an emphasis on developing the competencies that are most appropriate at each level of leadership and providing learning and development opportunities to increase your competency proficiency as you progress in your leadership journey.

Entry-Level Leadership Development – Aspiring to Leadership: This program explores the difference between being an individual contributor and a leader. The program focuses on increasing awareness of personal leadership style, reinforcing strengths, and building a set of practical skills that prepare participants for future leadership roles. Through assessments, lecture, and large and small group discussion, participants develop knowledge and skills in the following competency areas: Conflict Management, Team Building, Interpersonal Skills, Problem Solving, Flexibility, Accountability, Technological Credibility, and Decisiveness.

Supervisory Leadership Development: Supervision is defined as “getting the work done through other people.” The supervisory development programs and courses are designed to provide new and experienced supervisors with the knowledge and skills to inspire and guide employees to achieve the organization’s mission and goals. To prepare new and existing supervisors for the challenges and demands of their role, the DOI University Supervisory Program is aligned with the OPM and OMB supervisory development framework for non-managers and aspiring supervisors, new supervisors, and experienced supervisors.

Mid-Level Leadership Development – Exploring Leadership: Mid-level managers serve as the operational engine that helps drive the work and the glue that holds work teams together. Exploring Leadership focuses on the competencies that are critical to successfully lead in the challenging and complex federal environment. Exploring Leadership uses a blended learning approach and includes assessments, large and small group discussion, case studies, mentoring, and webinars to give participants a challenging and enriching leadership development experience. The program is comprised of three instructor-led core sessions that address Teambuilding, Accountability, Problem Solving, Decisiveness, Influencing/Negotiating, Partnering/Collaboration, Developing Others, and External Awareness. Exploring Leadership is most appropriate for those who have some demonstrated leadership experience.

Senior Level Leadership Development: DOI University’s senior level leadership program is specifically designed to sharpen skills, develop knowledge, and strengthen personal qualities and characteristics. Participants in this program will assess their leadership skills, develop effective leadership competencies, and address the challenges of achieving the DOI mission. The program focuses on building proficiency in Visioning, Strategic Thinking, Entrepreneurship, External Awareness, Political Savvy, and Resilience; and includes developmental details, mentoring, and case studies presented by senior leadership. The senior level leadership program is most appropriate for those at the GS-14/15 level who have demonstrated leadership experience.

Executive-Level Development – Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) : The Department of the Interior’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP) is an OPM certified program that is tailored to grow and develop a cadre of highly qualified leaders for senior executive positions. The SESCDP focuses on developing the competencies in each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) to prepare candidates to lead at the executive level. The SESCDP includes formal classroom training, formal leadership assessments, executive level developmental assignments, networking opportunities with other senior executives, exposure to government-wide leadership challenges, and mentoring. The SESCDP is a competitively selected program targeted to those at the GS-15 and high performing GS-14 level.

If DOI University does not have a leadership program that meets your organizational needs, we will work with you to design and develop a customized program which will meet your leadership development goals. Contact us to learn more about this service.