Leadership Residencies

Become wholly immersed in new ways of thinking and leading by attending one of our renowned leadership residencies. Engage with like-minded leaders who share your dedication to government service and renew, recharge, and re-energize your commitment to public leadership.

Since hosting the inaugural leadership course for government "super grades" in 1957, Brookings Executive Education (BEE) has continued the tradition by providing opportunities for public leaders to step out of their fast-paced environment, connect with peers, and develop strategies for executive success.

BEE leadership residencies are structured by grade level to provide a better opportunity to engage with your peers across the government, and share problems and best practices. Expert faculty facilitate interactive sessions and provide the basis for high-impact learning.

Executive Leadership for America and Public Leadership 21C partially fulfill the U.S. Office of Personnel Management SES Candidate Development Programs’ requirements for interagency classroom sessions. Either course may be taken to fulfill the leadership residency requirement to complete the Certificate in Public Leadership.

Executive Leadership for America
For SES, SES candidates, GS-15

In remarks he was to deliver on the afternoon of November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy wrote, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Executive Leadership for America provides the opportunity for busy executives to connect with peers across government, learning more about common challenges and developing strategies for intentional change. Acknowledging the challenging times that confront public leaders today, this course offers you a week to refocus, re-energize, and restore your commitment to leading in the public sector. Unique instructional content addresses leadership renewal and how to reduce stress and pressure in your life and the workplace. Content centers on how attention to personal resilience and connection to broad social goals can create a deep emotional bond with the people you lead, thereby creating an inspired public service that is essential to achieving America’s promise.

Location: Charlottesville, VA
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Public Leadership 21C
For GS-13 and GS-14

Today’s organizations are hungry for leaders who live authentic lives, take vital action, and have a sustainable impact. In this residential program, you will pause, reflect, examine your current leadership thinking, and develop insights that can dramatically improve your leadership capabilities. This course will help you create the mental and emotional space to move from where you are to where you want to be. Emphasis is placed on leadership behaviors that energize the spirit, with a focus on understanding the daily habits that keep you concentrated and committed to achieving objectives.

Location: Glen Allen, VA
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Daring to Lead
For GS-13 to GS-15

How do you muster courage? How do you shape the way your organization responds to today’s challenges? This intensive weeklong course provides a foundation for courageous leadership and teaches you how to best design and adapt organizations in a government context. You will be introduced to systems thinking, an approach to problem solving that helps manage, adapt, and expose a wide range of choices and the dynamics of a situation. Hear from world-class Washington University faculty and C-suite guest speakers who will share how they found the courage to act. Come away with the thinking that will enable you to be an authentic leader who exerts sustainable impact on your organization and leads a full and complete life.

Location: St. Louis, MO
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