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Center for Leadership Development Eastern Management Development Center

 

Overview

The Eastern Management Development Center (EMDC) holds open enrollment courses, including the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) certificate program, in Washington, DC, and other locations around the country and online.

Getting There

Address
1900 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20415
Public Transportation
The closest Metrostations are a six-block walk from OPM.
  • Farragut North (Red line)
  • Farragut West (Blue, Silver, and Orange lines)
Driving
There are several parking garages in the area.
Closest Airport
Reagan National is the closest airport; BWI and Dulles are other options.
Getting in the Building
Access the building using the E Street entrance. Please be prepared to show identification to the security guard, who will direct you to your classroom.

Hotels

State Plaza Hotel
2117 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom
20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Hampton Inn Washington, DC/White House
1729 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Dress Code

The dress code for all EMDC classes is business casual, regardless of location. Plan to be comfortable.

Getting Lunch

There is a cafeteria in the building as well as several restaurants close to the facility. A list of lunch options will be provided to you during your course.

Other Questions

Please check the website or your welcome letter for the specific start and stop times for your course. Note that you are required to be present for the entire course to receive a Certificate of Completion. Please adjust your schedule accordingly.

Tuition for courses designated as “residential” includes meals and lodging. For “non-residential” courses you are responsible for your own meals and lodging.

In addition to the Washington, DC, classrooms, EMDC delivers residential courses at the Federal Executive Institute. Please check the website for class locations.

Commuting to a course designated “residential” is strongly discouraged. EMDC’s residential programs include evening work, such as small group projects, one-on-one coaching, and other program activities. After-hours networking with other course participants also helps optimize your learning.

LEAD Certificate Program

The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program lets you take charge of your professional development by providing a clear path to leadership training that is right for you and your career.

The LEAD Certificate helps emerging leaders, managers, and supervisors meet the challenge of succession management. At each level, you will gain core knowledge and develop capabilities for leadership success, culminating with a certificate signed by the Director of OPM, formally recognizing your achievement. 

How You Benefit

  • Professional development directly relevant to your current position and future goals
  • OPM-designed curriculum aligned with Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) that is recognized government-wide
  • Simplified process for fulfilling your Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Flexibility to develop valuable new skills around your schedule
  • Document evidence of your leadership development
  • Eligibility of many LEAD courses for college or graduate credit granted by the American Council on Education (ACE)

How Your Agency Benefits

  • Clear progression to support succession management
  • Networking and sharing of best practices among agencies
  • Key staff have hands-on experience with ideas, techniques and information in an interagency collaborative learning environment
  • Ideal for fulfilling training requirements for Presidential Management Fellows
  • Ease of government-to-government interagency agreements
  • Courses are offered at the Center for Leadership Development locations in Washington, DC, Denver, CO, and Charlottesville, VA—and locations throughout U.S. and internationally.

Next Steps

Find the course dates and prices in the Schedule at a Glance and register online, or contact the LEAD Certificate Program Manager at LEAD@opm.gov or 202-606-0756.

Which LEAD Certificate Should I Take?

Take both of these courses:

  • Leadership Assessment Program - Level I
  • Team Development: Team Building and Team Leadership

And choose any three of the following courses:

  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Effective Writing in the Federal Government
  • Facilitation Skills for Leaders
  • Leadership Skills for Non-Supervisors
  • Project Management Principles

Take one of these courses:

  • Leadership Assessment Program - Level I
  • Leadership Assessment Program - Level II

 

And take both of these courses:

  • Supervisory Development I: Fundamentals
  • Supervisory Development II: Learning to Lead

 

And choose any three of the following courses:

  • Coaching and Mentoring for Excellence
  • Communicating Face to Face
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Effective Writing in the Federal Government
  • Managing the Flexible Workplace
  • Resiliency 2.0
  • Women’s Leadership: Succeeding in the Workplace

Take the following course:

  • Leadership Assessment Program Level II

 

And take one of these courses:

  • Management Development: Leading from the Middle
  • Management Development: Leading Organizations

 

And take another one of the following courses:

  • Dynamics of Public Policy
  • Federal Regulatory Policy
  • Federal Budgetary Policies and Processes
  • Science, Technology and Public Policy
  • National Security Policy

 

And take two of the following courses:

  • Adapting to Organizational Change: Enabling 21st Century Leaders
  • Coaching and Mentoring for Excellence
  • Communicating Face to Face
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Developing Customer-Focused Organizations
  • Extraordinary Leadership
  • Organizational Resiliency
  • Resiliency 2.0

Take one of these courses:

  • Senior Executive Assessment Program (GS-15)
  • Leadership Assessment Program Level II (GS 14)

 

And take one of these courses:

  • Executive Development: Leading Change
  • Leadership for a Democratic Society

 

And take one of these courses:

  • Dynamics of Public Policy
  • Federal Regulatory Policy
  • Federal Budgetary Policies and Processes
  • National Security Policy
  • Science, Technology, and Public Policy

 

And take two of the following courses:

  • Adapting to Organizational Change: Enabling 21st Century Leaders
  • Conflict and Negotiations for Federal Executives
  • Creating and Sustaining Organizational Excellence
  • Crisis Leadership
  • Leadership Competencies: Preparing for the Next Step
  • Emotional Competence: Working with Others for Results
  • Executive Communication Skills: Leading the Process of Change
  • Inter-Organizational Collaboration
  • Leadership for a Global Society
  • Strategic Planning for Executives
  • Working with Congress for Federal Executives

Take these courses:

  • Leadership Assessment Program Level I
  • Collaborative Leadership: Working with Others for Results

 

And choose any three of these Policy Awareness and Skill Immersion electives:

 

Policy Awareness

  • Dynamics of Public Policy
  • Federal Budgetary Policies and Processes
  • Federal Regulatory Policy
  • National Security Policy
  • Science, Technology, and Public Policy

 

Skill Immersion

  • Adapting to Organizational Change: Enabling 21st Century Leaders
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Crisis Leadership
  • Effective Writing in the Federal Government
  • Facilitation Skills for Leaders
  • Project Management Principles
  • Resiliency 2.0
  • Women’s Leadership: Succeeding in the Workplace
  • LEAD Certificates are issued for a specific level of leadership.
  • For a given level, you must complete the required number of courses in EACH column of the table below, which will result in a total of five courses to be completed for each LEAD Certificate level.
  • The last of the five courses must be completed within three years of the start date of the first course taken.
  • It is recommended, but not required, to complete the Assessment and Core courses first, before taking the Policy and Skill categories.
  • You may earn a LEAD Certificate for a level of leadership, even if you are not at that level, but we strongly recommend checking with your training manager to see whether your agency has any specific rules regarding taking courses for a higher level than your current position.
  • The LEAD Certificate Program is a self-paced program, which means OPM is not formally involved until you complete the five required courses for a given level of leadership. This also means you register for each course individually as you progress through the program.
  • Within 90 days of completing the last of the five courses at a given level, you must email a list of your five completed courses with the start dates to validate completion within the three year period to the OPM LEAD Certificate Program Manager at LEAD@opm.gov.
  • Once validated, you will have 90 days to submit a four-to-six page capstone paper detailing lessons learned and describing at least one example of application back on the job. The paper will be reviewed for Pass/Fail by an OPM Program Director/Faculty Member.

How do I get a LEAD certificate?

Once a “Pass” rating on the capstone paper is attained, you will receive a LEAD Certificate.

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