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Detailed Description for Leadership Course 101 (L101)

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Purpose of the L101

The purpose of the course 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, part one of the training experience, is devoted to developing a broad foundation of leadership concepts.

Course Objectives

  • 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 Area and Headquarters offices; and
  • Provide exposure to high-level bureau managers who serve as instructors.

An important benefit of having candidates selected from across the entire Bureau is that this training may be their first opportunity to work with others outside their own Areas or Headquarters offices. Early opportunities to develop cross-discipline relationships, particularly for those aspiring to leadership roles, are an important ingredient in promoting multi-disciplinary collaboration. Each of these objectives directly supports the leadership and management development goals of the USGS.

Course Content (Reference Agenda Below)

  • Provides information to help individuals decide objectively 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.
  • Sessions include: exploring the differences between leadership and management, leadership and change, leadership and vision, negotiation and conflict resolution, principle-centered leadership, coaching, mentoring, ethics, accomplishing work through teams, assessment of personal behavioral tendencies, assessment of leadership potential and some fundamentals of organizational philosophy.

Nomination Process for Leadership 101 (L101)

  • A call for nominations is sent by the Chief, Office of Organizational and Employee Development to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) in October of each year requesting nominations to attend the two sessions offered for the upcoming fiscal year.
  • The call for nominations is open for 4-weeks for response.
  • Nominees may be from supervisory or non-supervisory ranks. The following criteria should be considered for each nominee:
    1. Ability to communicate effectively both interpersonally and in writing. Communication skills including the ability to listen to the thoughts and ideas of others.
    2. Ability to plan, organize and successfully complete assignments in a high-quality, timely manner.
    3. Ability to assemble and analyze data from a variety of sources and use information to solve problems, draw sound conclusions and make thoughtful recommendations.
    4. Ability to use a wide range of technical and interpersonal skills to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
    5. Ability to use interpersonal skills for liaison and integration of activities with other work units, disciplines, or agencies.
    6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships to influence those above and below in the organization, and the ability to foster collegial relationships with peers.
    7. Additionally, candidates should understand that the L101 training comprises part one of a two-part training. Selected employees who attend L101 are committing to attend L201 which will be held 16-22 months after L101.

Leadership 101 selectees will be notified of their session assignment in mid-November and will attend the specified offering of L101:

  • Winter Session 26 participants, GS-12/13 level
  • Spring Session 26 participants, GS-14/15 level

Allocation of Slots for L101 GS-12-15
The allotments have been determined based on the number of GS-12 through GS-15 employees in each organization. Nominations are submitted in priority order with 2 backups per session. All primary and backup selections are determined by the ELT.

Note: Backup candidates are resubmitted each year as part of the current fiscal year's nomination process.

Allocation of slots for Area and Headquarters are (1 class):

  • Midwest 2
  • Northeast 3
  • Southeast 2
  • Rocky Mt. 3
  • S. Central 1
  • Southwest 4
  • Northwest 1
  • Alaska 1
  • HQ 9


  • Salary, travel, and per diem for each student will be paid by their cost center. There is no course tuition required from the student.


  • Approximately 16-22 months after taking L101, the cohort of 26 returns for part II of their training (L201).
  • Reminders will be forwarded to the cohort prior to the scheduled L201 class.

What to do if you are interested in being nominated to attend L101:

  • Communicate your interest to your supervisor (performance review time is a good time to do this)
  • Each Area and Headquarters office has their own process and internal deadline once the classes are advertised through the call for nominations
  • If you were nominated but not selected this year, notify your supervisor of your continuing interest for the next sessions.

Scheduled Courses FY 2013

Visit the Scheduled Leadership Courses page for current information

Generic Agenda for L101

Travel to Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Check into U. S. Fish and Wildlife NCTC
8:00 a.m. Introductions
9:15 a.m. BREAK
9:30 a.m. Leadership Explored
11:00 a.m. Getting to Know Yourself - DISC
12:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m. DISC (continued)
2:00 p.m. Getting to Know Yourself - 360 Feedback
2:45 p.m. BREAK
3:00 p.m. 360 Feedback (continued)
3:45 p.m. Leadership and Vision
5:30 p.m. Adjourn for the day
8:00 a.m. Leadership and Vision (continued)
10:05 a.m. Principle-Centered Leadership
12:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m. Leadership and Change
2:45 p.m. BREAK
3:00 p.m. Leadership and Change (continued)
5:15 p.m. Adjourn for the day
8:00 a.m. High Performance Teams
9:45 a.m. BREAK
10:00 a.m. Expanding Your Influence
12:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
2:30 p.m. EXTENDED BREAK Fieldtrip to Antietam
7:00 p.m. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (continued)
9:00 p.m. Adjourn for the day
8:15 a.m. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (continued)
9:45 a.m. BREAK
10:00 a.m. Completion of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
12:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m. What Makes Our Work-life Rewarding
3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:15 p.m. Ethics: The Real World of Decision Making
5:15 p.m. Adjourn for the day
Note: We will be joined for refreshments and dinner (followed by more social interaction) by a large group of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).
8:00 a.m. Mentoring - Members of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT)
19:45 a.m. BREAK
10:00 a.m. Executive Forum - ELT
11:45 a.m. Wrap up
12:30 p.m. Adjourn for the day


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