Leadership 101 comprises part one of a two-part training. The complete training experience begins with the five-day L101 training and concludes with the five-day Leadership 201 (L201) training, with an average of 16-22 months between the two classes. Managers, please note that when nominating employees for L101 it is expected that employees will attend the second part of their training. This course is an investment in the development of our future leaders. Please keep this factor in mind as you finalize your list of attendees. Information concerning the course and the nomination process is provided below.
The primary objectives of the USGS Leadership 101 course are to:
- Provide a networking opportunity for USGS employees who demonstrate significant interest or potential for leadership and/or management positions;
- Enhance the growth and leadership development of program participants through a variety of learning experiences;
- Facilitate a deeper level of understanding and involvement across organizational boundaries through interaction among participants representing all the regional and headquarters offices; and
- Provide exposure to high-level bureau managers who serve as instructors.
In some instances, L101 is the first opportunity developing leaders have to work with others outside their own regional or headquarters offices. Early opportunities to develop cross-discipline relationships, particularly for those aspiring to leadership roles, are an important ingredient in promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. Each of these objectives directly supports the leadership and management development goals of the USGS.
Purpose and Content
The purpose of L101 is to provide a training experience that offers a wide range of theory and practical information that is useful for leadership and management in the twenty-first century. This week of instruction and experiential learning will help individuals determine whether they are interested in furthering their careers through leadership opportunities in a management position or whether they would prefer to exercise leadership by remaining in the technical or administrative arenas of the Bureau’s programs.
Leadership 101 is devoted to developing a broad foundation of leadership concepts. The session topics are:
- Leadership Explored - Leadership and Management
- Getting to Know Yourself – DiSC/360 Degree Feedback
- Leadership and Vision
- Principle-Centered Leadership – Guiding Principles
- Leadership and Change
- High Performing Teams
- Expanding Your Influence and Action Planning
- Conflict Resolution within the Team
- What Makes Our Work-life Rewarding?
- Ethical Decision Making
- Executive Forum
Individuals selected to attend the L101 course will have the opportunity to work with a team of experienced leaders and managers from across the USGS (including the SES/SL ranks). Each instructor has been selected for subject-matter expertise, special skills, talents, or experience that she/he can bring to the group. Course material will be delivered in various styles. Depending on the topic, the sessions will be lecture, hands-on, group projects, or a combination of teaching methods.
Part two of this training, L201 (held 16-22 months following L101) is devoted to providing a deeper understanding of leadership, group interaction, application of theories and an opportunity to work on an action learning scenario. Action learning scenarios consist of current USGS issues or dilemmas sponsored by members of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).
Leadership 101 will be offered twice in 2015. The audience of the first course is GS-12/13 level employees and will be conducted February 2-6, 2015. The audience for the second course is GS-14/15 level employees and will be conducted March 16-20, 2015. The course will run from early Monday morning to mid-day Friday.
The two L101 courses will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. NCTC is a residential campus. Participants are expected to stay onsite unless prohibited by travel regulations.
The salary, travel, and per diem for each attendee will be borne by the attendee’s office. There is no charge for tuition for Leadership 101.
Each course participant will receive an Evaluation of Leadership Effectiveness (360 evaluation) approximately eight weeks prior to the course start date. This evaluation must be completed and returned electronically by the participant in order to attend the course. The Evaluation of Leadership Effectiveness will include input solicited from the participants’ supervisors, 8-10 colleagues and employees (if applicable). Participants will also receive pre-course reading material prior to the class.
Employees who are interested should talk to their supervisors to request training. Note that all nomination requests must be forwarded by supervisors and managers through their management chain to their respective ELT member before November 14, 2015 or the due date established by the Regional or Associate Director. Selections to attend L101 will be forwarded in priority order to the OED.
After the selections are compiled, the OED will send a confirmation of Regional and Headquarters nominations to the Acting Director, Regional Directors, nominees, and the nominees’ supervisors. Specific course assignment information will be included in this correspondence.