Executive Pathways

Courses to Develop Leadership and Executive Capabilities

Immerse yourself in new ways of thinking to positively impact your career path and professional development. For those in or aspiring to senior positions in government, Brookings Executive Education (BEE) can provide you with the knowledge necessary to achieve your goals. Working hand in hand with BEE, you will gain knowledge that has immediate, practical value to your career and your organization.

The courses in BEE’s Executive Pathways series offer a deep dive into the competencies of the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). In addition to addressing the behaviors associated with each competency, these courses also encourage Leading Thinking™. You will not only develop leadership behaviors, you will learn how to formulate challenges for positive outcome.

The courses are clustered within the OPM ECQs framework. These courses are open to all public managers and executives who wish to improve their leadership capabilities.

OPM ECQs Competencies

ECQ1: Leading Change
This vital qualification, according to OPM, involves the ability to implement strategic change internal and external to the organization, to meet organizational goals and to establish and implement an organizational vision. 

Competency    Course
Creativity and Innovation Inspiring Creativity in Organizations
External Awareness Politics and Policymaking
Resilience Resilience in Leadership
Strategic Thinking Strategic Thinking: Driving Long-Term Success
Vision Visioning and Leading Change 
 Flexibility Flexibility and Decisiveness

ECQ2: Leading People
Members of the SES must keep the organization’s vision, mission and goals at the center of leading people. “Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.”

Competency    Course
Conflict Management Strategies for Conflict Resolution
Developing Others Leaders Growing Leaders
Leveraging Diversity Global Leadership: Leveraging Differences
Team Building Creating High-Performance Teams

ECQ3: Results Driven
SES members must be able to meet goals and expectations of the organization and its customers. High-quality results are accomplished by thorough analysis of problems, application of technical knowledge and calculating risk. 

Competency    Course
Accountability Accountability for Results
Customer Service Leading Innovation and Creating New Value 
Decisiveness Flexibility and Decisiveness
Entrepreneurship Leading Innovation and Creating New Value 
Problem Solving Problem Solving through Critical Thinking

ECQ4: Business Acumen
The ability to manage resources strategically is vital to SES membership; these include human, financial and information resources. 

Competency    Course
Financial Management Finance for Nonfinancial Managers
Human Capital Management Maximizing Human Capital
Technology Management Digital Government

ECQ5: Building Coalitions
Building coalitions internally and with other agencies is vital to achieving common goals. Outside organizations may include other federal agencies; local and state governments; nonprofit and private-sector organization; foreign government agencies; or international organizations. 

Competency    Course
 Influencing Leading Through Influence
 Negotiating Art and Science of Negotiation
 Partnering Building Networks and Partnerships
Political Savvy (External) Politics and Policymaking
Political Savvy (Internal) Leading Through Influence

Fundamental Competencies
OPM describes these competencies as “the personal and professional attributes that are critical to successful performance in the SES,” and “that serve as the foundation for each of the Executive Core Qualifications.” 

Competency    Course
Continual Learning Organization Agility
Integrity and Honesty Ethics in Action: Leading with Integrity
Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal Savvy
Communications (Oral)
Communicating for Success
Public Service Motivation Motivating People