NIH Senior Leadership Program

Purpose

The NIH is committed to playing an active role in advancing the skills of senior-level staff. While providing a collection of junior professional development as well as mid-level and executive leadership programs, the Senior Leadership Program is our longest running leadership program. With over 1,500 alumni, the program has offered senior leaders at NIH the opportunity to develop leadership skills for over 20 years. The Senior Leadership Program provides a core component to our deliberate continuum of leadership development for inspired NIH staff.

Leadership competencies addressed in the NIH Senior Leadership Program correspond with the five SES Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):

ECQ Outline

The program also complements the NIH Leadership and Management competency model.

Program Features and Structure

  1. An orientation, 3-day off-site opening session, three 2-day and one final day training session taking place over a period of five months
  2. Cohort size of 28 participants
  3. Initial 360-degree feedback, Myers-Briggs Type personality type indicator (MBTI), Firo-B, and StrengthsFinder assessments
  4. Personal coaching (4.5 hours) to review 360-degree feedback and assessments and develop/refine your leadership development plan
  5. Leadership development plans
  6. Local sessions hosted at Rockwood Manor

This program provides GS-14/15, SES, and equivalent employees with the opportunity to enhance individual leadership skills and develop effective leadership competencies to address challenges and contribute to the NIH mission. The NIH Senior Leadership Program combines case studies, interactive discussions, experiential learning, assessment data, developmental planning and a three-day intensive kickoff session.

Content and Current Cohort Program Schedule

Orientation

Welcome!

1/2 day Program Introduction

Day 1-3

3-Day Offsite Kickoff

Assessments, Coaching, Leadership, Development, Action Plan

Day 4

Results-Based Accountability

Leading for Impact

Day 5

Polarities of Leadership

The Wisdom of "And"

Day 6

Negotiation Styles

Leadership in Conflict and Collaboration

Day 7

Strengths Based Leadership

Identifying and Leveraging Your Strengths

Day 8

Art of Persuasion

Credible and Compelling Leadership

Day 9

Leadership & Resiliency

Resiliency During Change and Excessive Stress

Day 10

Emotional Intelligence

EQ > IQ

FY21 Sessions

Orientation Date

Opening Session Dates

Day 4/5

Day 6/7

Day 8/9

Day 10

Session 1

Feb 8

Apr 7-9

Apr 21-22

May 5-6

May 10-11

Jun 3

Session 2

Feb 22

Apr 26-28

May 12-13

May 26-27

Jun 9-10

Jun 16

Session 3

Jun 7

Aug 9-11

Aug 24-25

Sep 14-15

Sep 28-29

Oct 13

Session 4

Jul 19

Oct 20-22

Nov 3-4

Nov 17-18

Dec 1-2

Dec 9

Alumni Share Takeaways from the Senior Leadership Program (SLP)

Video file

Requirements

Target:
Current GS-14/15, SES, and equivalent employees

Eligibility/Selection Process:

Individual nominations are vetted at the IC Executive Office level. Nominations are then forwarded to the NIH Training Center for priority placement.

2021 Program Status:

  • 2021 Call for Nominations by end of October 2020, due to NIHTC on December 4.
  • 2021 SLP tuition: $11,000. IC funding is required.
  • All 2021 sessions are prepared to run virtually as needed. Virtual/onsite status of sessions will align with the NIH Return to the Physical Workspace plan.

Contact Information

Pamela Welbon
SLP Program Manager
NIH Training Center
Phone: 301-496-3090
Email: pam.welbon@nih.gov

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