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Brief Description of USGS Leadership Courses
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Leadership 101 (L101) Part I 1 week
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Eligible employees GS-12-15 from supervisory or non-supervisory ranks, selected through a nomination process;

  • 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.

Full course description of L101.


Leadership 201 (L201) Part II 1 week
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Eligible employees graduates of Leadership 101, GS-12-15 employees;

  • Provide an experience that is an expansion/continuation of L101 which provides a deeper understanding of leadership, group interaction, and application of theories;
  • Opportunity to work on current USGS issues with high-level managers from the bureau and members of the Executive Leadership Team;
  • Use creative approach to problem-solving.

Full course description of L201.

L201 Course Materials