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 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 solicit an NIH-wide call for nominations each Fall for the Mid-level Leadership and Senior Leadership Programs. Our FY20 Fall call will fill 5 MLP cohorts (Cohorts 49-53, January-May, 2020). Any possible additional cohorts will be announced NLT April 2020, pending capacity, and will consider any names waitlisted from the initial Fall submissions.

FY20 MLP Nomination Key Dates

Call to ICs for nominations: NLT September 13, 2019

All IC nominations to NIHTC: October 18, 2019

Confirmation to ICs by NIHTC: November 8, 2019

Final IC Registration Approval: First Week of December, 2019

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 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.
  • Results 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 49

Session 1: Jan 27, 2020 | 9am - 3pm | White Flint

Session 2: Feb 27-28, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 3: March 26-27, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 4: April 20-21, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 5: May 18-19, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 6: June 15-16, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Applied Learning: June - July

Session 7: August 3-4, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Cohort 50

Session 1: February 7, 2020 | 9am - 3pm | Natcher

Session 2: March 19-20, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 3: April 16-17, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 4: May 14-15, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 5: June 11-12, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 6: July 9-10, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Applied Learning: July-August

Session 7: August 26-27, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Cohort 51

Session 1: March 6, 2020 | 9am - 3pm | White Flint

Session 2: April 2-3, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 3: May 4-5, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 4: June 1-2, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 5: June 29-30, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 6: July 27-28, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Applied Learning: August

Session 7: Sept 14-15, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Cohort 52

Session 1: April 9, 2020 | 9am - 3pm | Natcher

Session 2: May 12-13, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 3: June 9-10, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher/NCC

Session 4: July 7-8, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 5: August 6-7, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Session 6: Sept 3-4, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Applied Learning: Sept

Session 7: Oct 19-20, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | Natcher

Cohort 53

Session 1: May 20, 2020 | 9am - 3pm | White Flint

Session 2: June 22-23, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 3: July 29-30, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 4: Sept 1-2, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 5: Sept 30-Oct 1, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Session 6: Oct 29-30, 2020 | 8:30am - 5pm | White Flint

Applied Learning: Nov

Session 7: Dec 10-11, 2020 | 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​