Leadership Development

Your Leadership Development Journey

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 customary levels of leadership and management as identified by OPM. The related competencies are those you must have to be successful at that level. The fundamental or core leadership competencies are basic for all employees and research shows that without these competencies, you cannot be successful at the upper levels. Contact us for assistance in developing your potential and achieving your leadership goals.

The Path to Leadership Development

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

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

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 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, for the Department of the Interior. At each level of leadership development, an emphasis is placed on individual development of core competencies within the context of the department’s mission, vision, and critical leadership needs.

Emerging Leader Development: provides an opportunity for individuals to learn skills that will increase their effectiveness regardless of position.

Supervisory Leadership Development: is designed to provide new supervisors and those in existing supervisory positions with the basic information to be successful in their role as a supervisor of employees. Supervisors are the department’s link between our successes transforming strategy into execution and a key factor in our employee satisfaction. To prepare our new and existing supervisors for the demands of their role, the DOI Supervisory Program includes OPM and OMB aligned supervisory development offerings for non-managers and aspiring supervisors, new supervisors, and highly experienced supervisors.

Mid-Level Leadership Development: provides leadership and managerial training to address the changing roles and competencies of federal managers. A goal of mid-level leadership development training is to build a cadre of highly competent mid-level federal managers to address future leadership needs and support bureau and departmental succession plans.

Senior Leader Development: is designed to cultivate the leadership skills of those GS-14s and 15s who play a critical role as team and functional leaders. These skills are aligned with the OPM Executive Core Qualifications and enable these senior leaders to expand their talents to lead for overall DOI mission success.

Executive-Level Development: prepares senior managers to move up into Senior Executive Service positions and also provides continuing education opportunities for current senior executives.