The NIH Continuum of Leadership

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

Description NIH Mid-Level Leadership Program NIH Senior Leadership Program NIH Executive Leadership 

13-day program over 6 months.

4 months' learning reinforcement

13-day program over 4-5 months  13+ day program over 7 months. Program offered every other FY
Audience New and aspiring first-level team leads and 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 equivalents GS 14, 15, SES and equivalents 
Team/IC recruitment
GS 15, SES and equivalents
Recruitment Model Individual Recruitment Team/IC recruitment Individual recruitment/competitive
Application Process Selection process and requirements handled within IC Selection process and requirements handled within IC 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
  • 360-Degree assessment (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. 6.5 hours of coaching. Additional options available.  8 hours of individual coaching provided throughout program, with additional options available
Focus Areas


  • Self-Awareness
  • Collaboration
  • Delegating
  • Cultural Intelligence
  • Strategic and Change Management
  • Managing a Shifting Workforce
  • Well-Being and Resilience


  • Negotiation & Persuasion 
  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Results-Based Accountability 
  • Diversity & Racial Equity 
  • Resilience 
  • Succession Planning 
  • Innovative Technology 
  • Polarities in Leadership 


  • 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 recommended
  • 360 degree assessments
  • Creating a Leadership Development Action Plan
  • 360 degree assessments
  • Creating an Executive Development Plan
Extra-curricular Learning
  • Applied learning assignments
  • Guided tasks for reflection and application
  • Coaching
  • 1-on-1 Coaching throughout the program 
  • Small Team Coaching 
  • Recommended reading materials provided 
  • Communications module-videotaped simulated interview
  • Coaching paired with peer advisors
  • Meetings with members of Congress, HHS and Policy Experts