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Supervisors in the Cornerstone program are both new and seasoned non-military leaders within the Coast Guard civilian workforce. Supervisors in this program work to build a strong foundation as first-line management in order to best lead the performance of their employees—in fact, their knowledge and leadership at this level is indispensable to Coast Guard mission success.
Supervisors are not only consulted as subject matter experts in their fields, but they also assign work tasks, make schedules, approve leave, assign performance ratings, reward and discipline employees, and identify essential employee development.
Cornerstone Supervisors are REQUIRED to do the following:
Fundamentals of DHS Leadership
Newly-appointed first-line Supervisors MUST complete a minimum of 40 hours of development (of which at least 24 must be interactive, instructor-led delivery), covering requirements for development in eighteen (18) knowledge areas essential for effective federal supervision.
This is achieved by taking both the Supervisor of Civilians Tier I self-paced eLearning course and the Supervisor of Civilians Tier II instructor-led course.
ALL first-line Supervisors past probationary period: 12 hours Annual Competency Development in targeted competencies, and 12 hours Leader-as-Teacher "Give Back“.
See below on the 12/12 and for resources on how to fulfill these requirements.
To meet this requirement all first-line Supervisors, Managers and Executives must complete at least one hour of annual development in the “Common Competency" of Performance Management.
First-line Supervisors must additionally complete annual development that builds capability in targeted “Critical Competencies“.
If a first-line Supervisor subsequently requires additional hours to meet the annual requirement, they may complete any remainder of their required 12 hours in development that builds capability in any of the remaining “Essential Competencies”.
Learning Without Limits -- This site provides a variety of different learning tools and options for continual and leadership development. Development options include book lists, blogs, videos and so much more!
DHS Leadership Library -- This offers emerging and relevant peer-recommended resources (from thought-provoking and highly rated authors of various backgrounds) for development through reading, whether print or digital through Skillsoft’s Books24/7. Filter by leader level, competency, resource type, etc.
Leadership Matters -- Communications that focus on a different DHS leader competency in each issue. Leadership Matters also provides development tips along with Skillsoft resources, such as books and videos that develop and support DHS leader competencies.
DHS Coaching Talent Bank -- Coaching is an important development tool in the success of leaders at all levels and provides a sustained return on investment that elevates leader performance by optimizing leadership perspectives and actions. This page provides information and resources for those who want to become a certified coach and/or want to seek resources in helping a coaching practice.
Leader Development Learning Cafés -- The monthly Learning Cafés feature leaders and subject matter experts from across DHS to help leaders at all levels enhance leadership competencies. These sessions are delivered as a presentation, interview-style, or panel discussion, with opportunities for participants to engage in Q&A.
Coast Guard Mentoring Program – choose from several different tracks, including 1:1, Communities and Fresh Perspectives.
Skillsoft -- Whether you're trying to answer a question, learn a new skill, or develop professionally, USCG Skillsoft lets you quickly locate learning content aligned to your needs. Includes books, videos, courses and so much more!
Certifying your 12/12 Requirements
Log into the Coast Guard Learning Management System (LMS) and search the following course by name or course number.
Alyssa Lombardi, phone 202-795-6099, email Alyssa.J.Lombardi@uscg.mil