NIH Mid-Level Leadership Program


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.


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

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 initiated, 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 are soliciting nominees from the Fall Call for an additional cohort to begin in May (Cohort 61). Additional cohorts will be offered in the summer. We will update this page with that information by Spring 2021.

Program Features and Structure

  1. An orientation and six 2-day training sessions taking place over a period of 8 months
  2. Cohort size of 28-30 participants
  3. Initial 360-degree feedback, Myers-Briggs Type personality type indicator (MBTI), Thomas Kilmann Conflict Instrument, and Emotional Intelligence assessments
  4. Personal coaching (4.5 hours) to review 360-degree feedback and define your specific developmental areas
  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 White Flint or Natcher locations

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 to facilitate continuous development.

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

Session 1: Orientation
(1 day)

  • Program Introduction

Month 2

Session 2: Leading Self I
(2 days)

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

Month 3

Session 3: Leading Self II
(2 days)

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

Month 4

Session 4: Working with Others I
(2 days)

  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Conflict Management
  • Negotiation and Persuasion
  • Results TKI assessment

Month 5

Session 5: Working with Others II
(2 days)

  • Motivation
  • Innovation
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Coaching

Month 6

Session 6: Key Business Acumen
(2 days)

  • Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Managing Change

Month 7

Applied Learning

  • Read and Apply Assigned Articles

Month 8

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 61

Contact Information

Bob Michon
Mid-level Leadership Program Manager
NIH Training Center
Phone: 301-496-0264

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