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.

Each year we solicit an initial NIH-wide call for nominations for the Mid-level Leadership Program. Our FY22 call will fill up to 4 MLP cohorts (Cohorts 62-65, monthly startups January to April 2022). Thereafter, additional cohorts may be offered depending on demand. We will update this page with that information by early Spring 2022.


  • All FY22 Sessions are full; the 2022 Call for Nominations deadline was November 2021.
  • The FY23 Call for Nominations will be made in Fall 2022.
  • Please contact your IC's nominations POC for the Mid-level Leadership Program for your IC's specific application process and requirements.
  • IC funding is required.

Program Features and Structure

  1. An orientation and six 2-day training sessions taking place over a period of six months
  2. A new learning support component comprising six 3-hr webinars over a period of four months to both target and reinforce the learning from the previous seven sessions
  3. A final one-day workshop in which participants discuss next steps in a facilitated group session
  4. Cohort size of 28-32 participants
  5. Initial 360-degree feedback, Myers-Briggs Type personality type indicator (MBTI), Thomas Kilmann Conflict Instrument, and Emotional Intelligence assessments
  6. Personal coaching (2 hours) to review 360-degree feedback and define your specific developmental areas
  7. Leadership development plans
  8. On-the-job assignments to apply learning in the workplace between sessions
  9. Assigned reading articles to facilitate continuous development
  10. Sessions hosted virtually, or 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 and driving results

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

Learning Phase Content

Month 1

Session 1: Orientation
(1 day)

  • Program Introduction, Overview, and First Steps

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
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Self-Motivation
  • Results EQI assessment

Month 4

Session 4: Working with Others I
(2 days)

  • Mindfulness and Resilience
  • Delegation
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Motivation of Others
  • Conflict Management
  • Results TKI assessment

Month 5

Session 5: Working with Others II
(2 days)

  • Negotiations and Persuasion
  • Collaboration and Breaking Down Silos
  • Matching Story to Context
  • High Impact Communications

Month 6

Session 6: Managing Talent
(2 days)

  • Cultural Intelligence
  • Creativity and Innovation in Public Service
  • Coaching Skills for Leaders

Month 7

Session 7: Driving Results
(2 days)

  • Managing Risk and Crises
  • Change Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Ethical Decision Making

Learning Reinforcement Phase Content

Four Months (all webinars three hours)

  • Virtual Session 1 – Leading Without Authority
  • Virtual Session 2 – Managing a Shifting Workforce
  • Virtual Session 3 – Well-Being
  • Virtual Session 4 – Career and Knowledge Management Tools
  • Virtual Session 5 – Influencing Up
  • Virtual Session 6 – Why Good Leaders Fail
  • Next Steps Workshop (one day)

Cohort Schedules

Cohort 66

Cohort 67

Contact Information

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

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