The NIH Continuum of Leadership

Did you know that the NIH Training Center offers a deliberate continuum of leadership development programs to build leaders for today and tomorrow?

NIH Mid-Level Leadership Program NIH Senior Leadership Program NIH Executive Leadership Program
Duration 13-day program over 8 months 10-day program over 4 months 13+ day program over 7 months. Program offered every other FY
Audience New and aspiring first-level supervisors Middle and senior managers; experienced first-line supervisors Select group preparing to take on Top 5 leadership roles and existing “Top 5” leaders
Targeted Group GS 12, 13, 14 and Title 42 equivalents GS 14, 15, SES and Title 42 equivalent leaders GS 15, SES and Title 42 equivalent leaders
Recruitment Model Individual recruitment Team/IC recruitment Individual recruitment/competitive
Application Process Competitive, standard application required, selections made within IC Selection process and requirements handled within IC Highly competitive, application and interviews with “Top 5” leadership recommended
Individual Assessment
  • 360 degree assessment
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Bar-on Emotional Quotient Inventory
  • Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
  • 360 degree assessment
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • FIRO-B
  • StrengthsFinder

Participants should receive a battery of leadership and personality assessments, including

  • 360-Degree Feedback (aligned to NIH’s Executive Proficiency model) and other leadership and/or personality assessments
Developmental Relationships 2 hours coaching, with additional options available. Mentoring relationships and shadowing others is strongly encouraged. 4.5 hours of coaching; occurs during and post-program.

Coaching provided throughout program, with additional options available.

Special events with NIH senior executives.

Focus Areas


  • Self-Awareness
  • Collaboration
  • Delegation
  • Motivating Others
  • Strategic Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Managing Change


  • Negotiation & Persuasion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Results-Based Accountability
  • Leading to Learn
  • Resilience
  • Communication
  • Energy, Risk, and Technology


  • Leading at the Top
  • Executive Communications
  • Self-Awareness/Emotional Intelligence
  • Policy Making on the Hill
  • Leading Change
  • Special Events with NIH Senior Executives
Development Guide
  • 360 degree assessments
  • Creating a Leadership Development Plan
  • Mentoring relationships required
  • 360 degree assessments
  • Creating a Leadership Development Action Plan
  • 360 degree assessments
  • Creating an Executive Development Plan
Extra-curricular Learning
  • On-the-job learning assignments
  • On-the-job reflection/application tasks
  • Coaching
  • Coaching throughout the program
  • Between-session recommended reading
  • Leadership Challenge Teams
  • Communications module-videotaped simulated interview
  • Coaching paired with peer advisors
  • Meetings with members of Congress, HHS and Policy Experts