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Pre-Supervisory Leadership

The path to becoming a top-notch leader is one that requires constant attention and fine-tuning, whether we are preparing to lead small groups, large teams, or simply preparing for the next steps in a leadership role.   Useful tools and tips are available in a plethora of subjects important to employees interested in becoming supervisors. 

Pre-Supervisory training typically begins at the GS 11-12 levels.

Stay Current:

OPM hosted a webcast on Pre-Supervisory training in spring of 2010.  Two agencies were featured in the webcast: EPA & Department of Justice, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). To view the webcast, click on this link -    (add youtube)

To view the slides from the webcast, click on EPA and ATF below.

    EPA Pre-Supervisory Training Programs

    ATF Aspiring Leaders Program

Mentoring and Coaching:

Mentoring can be a truly effective means of not only assisting in guiding a co-worker or colleague, but can also serve to teach the mentor a variety of skills.  It gives the mentor the opportunity to lead by example, by providing guidance, and by holding the mentee accountable in helping them to stay committed to their goals.  A mentee benefits by being able to address concerns regarding their professional development one-on-one in a collaborative setting.  All of these can be powerful self-teaching, developmental to tools em to benefit employees in performing on-the-job, as well as in developing one's career. Check out US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) mentoring toolkit at this link: 
    OPM/training/Mentoring Toolkit 3-18-10.pdf

Stepping Up Introduction Table of Contents and Directions.docx 

USPTO sponsors the Leadership Development Program, which is a  wonderful resource that has been shared for all to use. The program includes a 180-degree assessment and an online supervisory resource center.  Attached are Resources from USPTO's leadership and development group that you may use to assist in developing a program for aspiring leaders as well as those in current leadership roles. 

Find Opportunities: 
A course was shared called: Leadership Skills for Non-Supervisors: Lead and Influence Effectively without a Title of Authority, by Joe Schumacher, Training Program Director, at the Center for Leadership Capacity Services at Management Development Center - West

Course Overview:
If you have the responsibility of leadership but are not in a position of formal authority, how can you influence others when the need arises? This intensive seminar is designed for individuals who are not currently in supervisory or managerial positions but currently hold key leadership roles in their organization or are interested in assuming such a role in the future. This seminar will help you develop informal leadership skills to influence positive organizational success without positional authority. Through hands-on, experiential exercises, assessments and frameworks/models, participants will create an integrated development plan that matches your organizations needs with individual achievement and success.

How You Will Benefit
Discover and test effective models for leadership success

nderstand the importance of person-to-person influence, versus position-to-position authority

Develop values based leadership practices 

Facilitate groups more effectively

Cultivate the art of positive interpersonal dynamics and communication

Learn to influence by increasing personal awaremess of individual differences.


View our class schedule at:        
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iscover Helpful Tips and Resources
(What other tools and resources including guides, articles and websites are available to me?)
Do you like the "tube"? Check out OPM's YouTube Channel for great live, up to date information you can utilize to enhance and grow the competencies of Supervisors  to be and future leaders.

Periodically, FCAT-M administers Pre-Supervisory training for employees.  A link to take the assesment for the series follows:
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Please direct inquiries regarding this guide to Angela Graham-Hume at

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