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Leadership and Mission Support Academy
American University's New Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program will now be offered in two separate elements:

  • New Leaders (GS-13 or GS-14 who have not had formal leadership development opportunities) and
  • Experienced Leaders (long time GS-14 or GS-15 leaders who may or may not have had formal leadership development opportunities)

Each element is scheduled for two weeks with a break between the first and second week to enable participants to apply what they have learned and then reconvene to discuss their experiences.

Schedule of Classes |   Program Cost |   Location |  

Course Descriptions |   Student Feedback |  

Registration |  

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits |  

Graduate Credit Options at American University |  

Program Application and Cancellation Policy

Schedule of Classes ~ New Leaders Program ~ Experienced Leaders Program

New Leaders Program

Week 1: October 31-November 4, 2011
Week 2: December 12-16, 2011

Week 1: February 6-10, 2012
Week 2: March 19-23, 2012

Week 1: April 23-27, 2012
Week 2: May 21-25, 2012

Week 1: July 16-20, 2012
Week 2: August 27-31, 2012

Week 1: September 10-14, 2012
Week 2: October 22-26, 2012

OIG/New Leaders 16:
Week 1: October 29- November 2, 2012
Week 2: December 10-14, 2012

Please note that, due to funding restrictions, the below listed 2013 leadership programs are for CIGIE OIG members only. Also, please note these dates are subject to change or cancellation based on the availability of CIGIE Training Institute training funds through calendar year 2013.

Week 1: January 14-18, 2013
Week 2: February 25-March 1, 2013

OIG/New Leaders 18:
Week 1: April 8-12, 2013
Week 2: May 20-24, 2013

OIG/New Leaders 19:
Week 1: June 3-7, 2013
Week 2: July 8-12, 2013

OIG/New Leaders 20:
Week 1: August 5- 9, 2013
Week 2: September 9-13, 2013

OIG/New Leaders 21:
Week 1: October 7-11, 2013
Week 2: November 18-22, 2013

OIG/New Leaders 22:
Week 1: January 13-17, 2014
Week 2: February 10-14, 2014


Experienced Leaders Program

Week 1: October 14-21, 2011
Week 2: December 5-9, 2011

OIG/Experienced Leaders 9:
Week 1: February 24-March 2, 2012
Week 2: April 16-20, 2012

Week 1: June 8-15, 2012
Week 2: July 30 - August 3, 2012

Week 1: September 28-October 5, 2012
Week 2: November 12-16, 2012

Please note that, due to funding restrictions, the below listed 2013 leadership programs are for CIGIE OIG members only. Also, please note these dates are subject to change or cancellation based on the availability of CIGIE Training Institute training funds through calendar year 2013.

Week 1: January 25- February 1, 2013
Week 2: March 11-15, 2013

OIG/Experienced Leaders 13:
Week 1: May 10-17, 2013
Week 2: June 17-21, 2013

OIG/Experienced Leaders 14:
Week 1: July 26- August 2, 2013
Week 2: September 23- 27, 2013

OIG/Experienced Leaders 15:
Week 1: November 1-8, 2013
Week 2: December 9-13, 2013


Program Cost

New Leaders:
The cost to the sponsoring OIG will be $3,000. This includes 10 days of instruction.

Experienced Leaders:
The cost to the sponsoring OIG will be $3,000. This includes 10 or 13 days of instruction (see note at (*) below).

IGs may elect to add executive coaching for students attending the Program:

  • Option 1: A 360 degree evaluation using the Hay Group emotional intelligence instrument together with a session to explain the 360 evaluation, at a charge of $1,000.
  • Option 2: A 360 degree evaluation using the Hay Group emotional intelligence instrument, one session to explain the 360 evaluation, and three additional coaching sessions at a charge of $2,225.



All classes will be held in the Watkins Building on the American University campus in Washington, DC. All classes are scheduled from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

For information on hotels in the area, please contact Sophie Idilbi at 202-885-6256 or


Course Descriptions

New Leaders

Week 1 (5 day session):

Leadership Development: Transforming from Managing to Leading

Participants explore various roles, responsibilities, and choices in creating high performing organizations. A basic assumption is that leadership is a journey of continuously struggling to know oneself, understand one's relationship with others, and take responsibility for making conscious choices through reading, dialogue, and reflection. Participants focus on their personal approaches to leadership, develop an awareness of the advantages and disadvantages that accompany them, identify personal values and understand how those values drive both a leader's and follower's behavior, learn about the role of individual vision and mission in leading others, and understand the different skills required as one is promoted to levels of increasing responsibility. (Three Days)

Leader as Team Builder and Facilitator

Participants are challenged to provide a context for exploring the role of the leader as a team builder, including providing experiential learning activities to build the cohort team and to utilize tools that can be applied in the workplace. A self-introductory exercise is used to launch the course by exploring the theme of "intentional leadership" and using oneself as an instrument of change. Participants describe the culture in which the OIG operates and its attitude toward teams. Participants review class norms and how they have been utilized in the cohort. The FIRO B instrument is administered and processed by looking at three levels: the individual, the team, and the agency. Group activities focus on the dimensions of inclusion, control, and openness to relationships. Participants are challenged to critically review their leadership/management style to see whether they are receiving the results they want with their direct reports, peers, bosses, and key stakeholders. If not, participants are challenged to identify behaviors they might choose to change to be more effective with those they lead.

In addition, participants examine the actions needed to create a high performing team. They are guided as to the behaviors they should engage in when facilitating a team through the stages of group development, including forming, storming, norming, and performing. Participants also discuss the importance of developing a team charter, which includes the need for addressing goals, roles, norms, and relationships. (Two Days)

Week 2 (5 day session):

Leading Organizational Change for Results

The goal of this organizational change management course is to integrate into participants' experience useful concepts and practical tools so that participants are more able to lead a successful change effort for results. It addresses leading change such as reorganizing functions and roles as well as the psychological aspects of transitioning through change. Participants will learn how to assess change readiness and apply models for examining a structured change process and its implementation, taking into account the human dimensions of transition. Participants will examine the role of perceptions, assumptions, resistance, beliefs and values crucial to change initiatives. (Two Days)

Ethics for Public Managers

This module explores ethical philosophy and its implications for decisions and action. It includes concepts of the public trust, conflicting interests, ends and means, deception, personal integrity, work place civility, and the need for government to keep its promises. (One Day)

Manager as Coach for Improving Performance

This course will teach participants the essentials of coaching to close employees' performance gaps, teach skills, impart knowledge, motivate, and inculcate desirable work behaviors. Participants will learn how to create a high performance culture, identify opportunities to enhance the skills and careers of people who want to step up to new challenges to take active responsibility for their own behavior and development, apply emotional intelligence theory to improve employee performance, develop effective performance goals, listen at deep levels, ask powerful questions, give and receive feedback; use appreciative inquiry, guide coaching conversations to performance-related issues, co-create individual development plans, and, distinguish between coaching opportunities and performance situations that are better resolved through other means. Participants will self-diagnose their strengths and areas to develop as a coach and determine resources for developing coaching skills. (Two Days)

Experienced Leaders:

Week 1 (5 day OR 8 day session--see note at (*) below):

Leadership Development: Transforming from Managing to Leading

This course will focus on managing conflict for positive results-lively interesting meetings, extracting ideas from all team members, solving real problems quickly, minimizing politics, and putting critical topics on the table for discussion. The module also focuses on the need for systems analysis and systems thinking-seeing interrelationships and patterns of change in complex situations as critical elements to becoming extraordinary leaders. (One Day)

(*) Note: Individuals who have not taken the New Leader Program will be scheduled to take the New Leader version of this course immediately preceding the Experienced Leader Program. (Three Days)

Leading Organizational Change for Results

The goal of this course is to strengthen personal mastery and systems thinking in order to move beyond resistance when leading change efforts. It emphasizes leadership competencies such as understanding behavior styles and systems thinking as they relate to leading organizational change efforts and building organizational capacity to deal with ongoing change. The course will build on material covered in the course for OIG New Leaders regarding change readiness and leading organizational change efforts, increase personal mastery through understanding of self and others' behavior styles as they relate to change, and increase ability to move beyond resistance by exploring barriers to change from within oneself, from others, and from the organizational environment. (Two Days)

Executive Communication

This course examines basic principles for successful strategic workplace communications. Participants learn how to create personal messages, memoranda, and policy documents and how to present effective briefings that are heard and acted upon. (One Day)

Political Process

This course examines the relationship of the legislative process, congressional oversight, and EOP/OMB review and approval to the administration of government policy. Participants study how best to respond to pressure groups, clientele groups, and the general public. They also address their relationship to political executives, and the political basis of government organization. In addition, the module reviews how the Inspector General community fits into the political process from the perspective of its obligations to Congress and agencies, and from the perspective of attempting to influence its budget and operations. (One Day)

Week 2 (5 day session):

Leader as Team Builder and Facilitator

Participants will facilitate the cohort through a real time team building exercise. Each facilitation team will address the essential elements of building a team charter including defining the purpose, clarifying the roles, addressing the norms/procedures and improving relationships. After each facilitation team finishes, they will receive feedback from the group. The course will conclude with a review of each individual's learning goals and an action plan to apply the tools and skills they have learned back in the workplace and throughout the OIG community. (Two Days)

Budget Creation and Execution

This course explores the use of the executive budget as a device for management planning and control. The participants develop their skills in understanding different budgetary systems, the elements of budget review and execution, and various strategies and tactics employed by participants in the budgetary process. (One Day)

Network Management

Participants examine their own networks, understand the power of social networks to assist in the implementation of public policy, and learn how to create and nurture networks across their own organizations, stakeholder organizations, and multi-governmental entities to share information, make better decisions, and more promptly implement programmatic changes. (Two Days)


Student Feedback

New Leader Comments
Course Strengths

  • Far and away the most helpful material and presentations I have ever had on leadership. Instructor was very adept at reframing the material and the discussion to increase understanding. The focus on behaviors and what they signify and the power of choice was helpful. Also, felt a good focus on psychology. Many courses have good material and pose questions and issues that we know we ought to address, but few have inspired me to "take it where I live." This one did.
  • The course helps potential managers decide early what type of manager they will be and it helps current managers to identify their management style and make the necessary changes if they want.
  • Timing of course was perfect for my career development. Subject matter was extremely relevant to issues I am currently dealing with.
  • Great course materials and practical application to work environment.
  • I really enjoyed this class and felt like there were practical things I could take back and apply in my team.
  • Excellent coverage of team and leader concepts. Excellent small group work; journal activity was good. Excellent use of tools to assess our own styles, behaviors.
  • Large body of knowledge covered. Many portions seemed applicable to real-life work environments. Good instruction and great instructor!
  • Professor's knowledge of material and IG environment. Course participants really made the class beneficial for me; without their sharing of experiences, I wouldn't have been able to get as much out of this class.

Instructor Strengths

  • [The instructor] is very knowledgeable on the subject and very passionate about what she teaches. I really enjoy how she talks to us on more of a peer level. I also enjoyed how she brought in different media (exercises, cartoons, short movies) to get the point across.
  • Terrific instructor and speaker. Good energy that in turn created good energy in the class. Knowledgeable and humorous.
  • The instructor was very dedicated, motivated, organized and very prepared. The instructor gave equal time to all students in presenting thoughts and experiences.
  • [The instructor] has a great sense of humor and he really posed great questions that would make you think. He is very inclusive, patient and organized. I got great notes on many of his statements of ethical judgment.
  • Energetic, knowledgeable, engaging, great personality, subject matter expert.
  • Lots of energy while instructing class. Brings the best out of each individual. Allows each person to express themselves.
  • Well spoken, educated and energetic. Nice work in promoting class discussion. Second day adapted instruction to fit the needs of the lass. Liked videos in class
  • [The instructor's] teaching methods were very insightful and I enjoyed being part of her class. She made everyone feel comfortable contributing and was very respectful

Experienced Leader Comments
Course Strengths

  • Good theory combined with practical exercises.
  • Helped me see how much the political process is part of my job.
  • The group exercises were a great way to allow students to experience and learn what they were being taught. The submarine, World War II story was a good illustration of concept being taught.
  • Made me think about my leadership style and how it should/can be improved.
  • The course material presented was [more] directly applicable to the challenges and opportunities of a manager.
  • Very helpful techniques for managers to use in coaching employees.
  • The group exercises were very useful in allowing us to put the "theory" into practice and experience its real world implications. It also helped us get to know each other.
  • Interactive course wherein the instructor facilitates and encourages student to self-reflect.

Instructor Strengths

  • Very well versed instructor/well-prepared, knowledgeable, conveyed course material in an interesting manner!
  • Extremely knowledgeable and well organized. Took interest in the students' understanding of material and participation in course.
  • Lightly playful. Extremely knowledgeable - pleasant demeanor. Smart.
  • Respected students and expressed sincere interest in their comments and concerns.
  • Bob did an excellent job of allowing free discussion but providing the application to the tool or strategy.
  • The instructor really engaged the students, which kept everyone really involved.
  • Instructor encourages students and encouraged independent thinking as well as thinking outside the box.



Contact Sophie Idilbi, Academic Advisor, at 202-885-6256 or to register for the Program. Or you may fax the Registration Form (in .docx format) to 202-885-1337


Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits

The following memoranda may be used for students desiring Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for the New and Experienced Leadership courses:


Graduate Credit Options at American University

  • Students who complete the New leaders Program will receive three graduate Student credits
  • Students who complete the Experienced leaders Program will receive three graduate student credits
  • Students who complete both Program may accumulate six graduate credits toward a Master's Degree in Public Administration at American University.


Program Application and Cancellation Policy

Application deadline:

  • Early application: OIG agencies are encouraged to identify applicants at any time for any session posted on the ignet AU/CIGIE training schedule up to 60 days prior to the first day of the first week of class
  • Late application: Applications will not be accepted later than 30 days prior to the first day of the first week of class

Cancellation Policy:

  • If for any reason a student begins the first day of training and is unable to complete every class in the session, he or she may join any of the future cohorts to make up the missing days.
  • In the event that a participant withdraws from the training program, an agency may apply to send another participant as a replacement. Replacement candidates must be received no later than 30 days prior to first day of the first week of class.
  • OIG agencies are obligated to pay for student cancellations less than 30 days prior to the first day of the first week of class.


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