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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.

This is a residential program. Tuition includes lodging, all meals, and program materials. Executive Leadership for America starts on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and ends on Friday at 12:00 p.m

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

MS-Leadership students enrolled in this residency may receive credit for Resilience in Leadership and Motivating People upon completion of written assessments.

Who Should Attend

  • Senior Executive Service (SES) Members
  • SES Candidates
  • GS-15 executives
  • A limited number of GS-14 executives are considered for the program via an application process. Please complete the GS-14 application form to apply.

OPM Competencies

  • Public service motivation
  • Creativity
  • Resilience

Program Benefits:

  • Understand the historical framework for constitutional government and the legacy bestowed by the Founders
  • Gain a fresh perspective on persistent challenges
  • Establish energizing and enduring relationships with expert peers
  • Increase appreciation for the importance of federal service and provide a clearer understanding of the diverse roles of the government executive
  • Learn how to create an organizational environment that is responsive to change, but also true to its purpose and tradition
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