NIH Mid-level Leadership Program

Purpose

The NIH is committed to playing an active role in advancing the skills of mid-level staff serving as front-line leaders. In addition to providing a collection of junior professional development as well as senior and executive leadership programs, the NIHTC offers a multifaceted, mid-level leadership development program that builds a bridge between senior leadership and junior staff. In filling this gap, the Mid-level Leadership Program provides a core component to a deliberate continuum of leadership development for inspired NIH staff.

Requirements

Target:
Current supervisory and non-supervisory GS-12/13/14 and equivalents

Eligibility:
GS-12 and equivalents: One year of NIH experience. None required for GS-13/14.
Must have received at least AE – Achieved Expected Results on recent PMAP.

Selection Process

Individual nominations are intiated, vetted and prioritized at the IC Executive Office level. Nominations are then forwarded to the NIH Training Center for placement. Please contact your IC's nominations POC for the Mid-level Leadership Program for additional details on your IC's specific application process and requirements.

We solicit an NIH-wide call for nominations each Fall for the Mid-level Leadership and Senior Leadership Programs. Our FY19 Fall call will fill 5 MLP cohorts (Cohorts 41-45). Any possible additional cohorts will be announced by April 2019, pending capacity, and may consider any names waitlisted from the initial Fall submissions.

Program Features and Structure

  1. An orientation and six 2-day training sessions taking place over a period of eight months
  2. Cohort size of 26-30 participants
  3. Initial 360-degree feedback, Myers-Briggs Type personality type indicator (MBTI), Thomas Kilmann Conflict Instrument, and Emotional Intelligence assessments
  4. Two hours personal coaching to review 360-degree feedback and define your specific developmental areas (included in base price)
  5. Leadership development plans
  6. On-the-job assignments to apply learning in the workplace between sessions
  7. Assigned reading articles to facilitate continuous development
  8. Program session summaries to engage supervisors in participant development
  9. Sessions hosted at NIH Training Center or NIH main campus

This program is structured to assess your leadership readiness and provide feedback and developmental guidance. It incorporates a variety of instructional approaches and makes available reinforcement activities following program completion.

Tuition: $5219

Content and Current Cohort Program Schedule

Rather than targeting technical supervisory skills, which are addressed through OPM-mandated Supervisory Training, the program will emphasize the following leadership developmental areas:

  1. Self-awareness and fulfilling the leadership function
  2. Understanding and collaborating with others
  3. Strategic business acumen

Note: The program also complements the NIH Leadership and Management competency group.

Mid-level leadership program schedule
Month 1 Month 2 Month 3 Month 4

Session 1: Orientation (1 day)

  • Program Introduction

Session 2: Leading Self I
(2 days)

  • Transitioning into Supervisory Roles
  • Leadership Styles
  • Understanding Personality Types
  • Results MBTI assessment / Coaching Appt.
  • Result 360 assessment

Session 3: Leading Self II (2 days)

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Time Management
  • Delegation
  • Results EQI assessment

Session 4: Working with Others I
(2 days)

  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Conflict Management
  • Negotiation and Persuasion
  • Results TKI assessment
Month 5 Month 6 Month 7 Month 8

Session 5: Working with Others II (2 days)

  • Motivation
  • Innovation
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Coaching

Session 6: Key Business Acumen (2 days)

  • Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Managing Change

Applied Learning
(Self-Directed)

  • Read and Apply Assigned Articles

Session 7: Applied Learning & Graduation (2 days)

  • Leading without Authority and Influencing Upwards
  • Breaking Down Internal/External Silos
  • Why Good Leaders Fail

  • Imposter Syndrome

  • Graduation Ceremony

Cohort 41

Session 1: January 18, 2019 | 9am - 3pm | White Flint

Session 2: February 14-15, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 3: March 14-15, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 4: April 11-12, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 5: May 14-15, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 6: June 11-12, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Applied Learning: June - July

Session 7: July 25-26, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Cohort 42

Session 1: February 8, 2019 | 9am - 3pm | Natcher

Session 2: March 7-8, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 3: April 3-4, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 4: April 30 - May 1, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 5: May 30-31, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 6: June 27-28, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Applied Learning: July

Session 7: August 20-21, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Cohort 43

Session 1: March 11, 2019 | 9am - 3pm | White Flint

Session 2: April 18-19, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 3: May 16-17, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 4: June 13-14, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 5: July 16-17, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 6: August 22-23, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Applied Learning: September

Session 7: October 3-4, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Cohort 44

Session 1: April 5, 2019 | 9am - 3pm | Natcher

Session 2: May 8-9, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 3: June 4-5, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 4: July 9-10, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 5: July 31 - August 1, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 6: September 5-6, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Applied Learning: September - October

Session 7: October 22-23, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Cohort 45

Session 1: May 10, 2019 | 9am - 3pm | White Flint

Session 2: June 6-7, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 3: July 18-19, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 4: August 15-16, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 5: Sept 10-11, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 6: October 24-25, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Applied Learning: November

Session 7: Dec 12-13, 2019 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Contact Information

Bob Michon
Mid-level Leadership Program Manager
NIH Training Center
Phone: 301-496-0264
Email: bob.michon@nih.gov​