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DHS Leader Development Program

About the Program

Click here for overview of the DHS Leader Development Program's Framework and 12/12 Annual Continuous Learning


Secretary Napolitano established the Leader Development Program Office in May 2010 under the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer in order to elevate the importance of leader effectiveness across DHS as an investment in mission achievement.


Through the dedicated efforts of cross-Component working groups, the DHS Leader Development Program (LDP) was established around a DHS-specific Leader Development Framework and Leader Development Competencies.  The Framework (click on image below for more information) identified five levels of DHS leaders – Team Member, Team Lead, Supervisor, Manager, and Executive – and roadmaps for required and best-practice developmental activities at each level. The purpose of the Leader Development Program is to ensure all DHS Components collaborate to support a consistent investment in the development of every leader across the Department.


For additional information on the department level program, please visit the DHS Leader Development Program (Accessible only through Coast Guard workstations) website.


To hear more about the program directly from the Deputy Executive Director of the DHS Leader Development Program, Ms. Lina Savkar, please click on the following link: What is the DHS Leader Development Program? (video runtime: 8:10). Finally, DHS supplies each Component with a monthly “Leadership Matters e-sheet” to continue the leader development discussion, check out the Leadership Matters e-sheet.

Program Framework

The DHS Leader Development Program Framework provides a strategic architecture for enabling an intentional culture and consistent continuum of optimum leader development investment.

Find out more by clicking the image above.

Areas of Emphasis

Capstone (Executive)
Keystone (Manager)
Cornerstone (Supervisor)
Milestone (Team Lead)
Foundations (Team Member)



Leader Development Learning Café


The DHS Leader Development Program is pleased to share the Leader Development Learning Café 20/20 series. This series provides real-time and practical development opportunity regardless of the level at which you lead. It is also a great way for DHS supervisory leaders to satisfy part of their DHS Continuous Leader Development annual competency development requirement. 

The Learning Café series is designed for participants to learn from seasoned leaders, practitioners and subject matter experts who engage in dialogue, share practical insights, lessons learned, and tips to enhance leadership competencies. Each 45-minute session will feature a speaker from various Components, a presentation, informal interview-style discussion, with opportunities for participants to engage in Q&A.

The FY22 Leader Development Learning Café series and Leadership Matters theme is Purposeful Leadership: Elevating the Human Experience with an emphasis on the critical role leaders at levels play in touching, transforming and inspiring lives – while being transformed, touched and inspired in return.  In light of the challenges overcome in the past year and the ambiguities of the one ahead, this year's series will focus on increasing leaders' self-awareness and others; the importance of human-centeredness in decision making, and meeting people where they are, to help them get to where they want to be.   By remembering our workforce is comprised of 230,000 unique individuals, leaders are charged to elevate the workforce and mission by leading through the lens of resilience, compassion and innovation.  

Grab your afternoon coffee, dial 1-888-222-1609, and join via Adobe Connect to attend the live event. No registration or pin code is required.  

Podcasts and materials will be available following each event. 

FY22 Schedule

​D​​ate / Time Competency Cafe Event Title​ Speaker​ Materials and Recordings​
​October 20, 2021
2:00 p.m. ET
Strategic Thinking​

​Success Strategies for Rekindling the Spark for the Public Service Mission

James A. "Mouse" Neumeister
Headquarters Component Acquisition Executive
​November 17, 2021
2:00 p.m. ET
​Human Capital Management ​Leadership Beyond the Blueprint: Transforming Talent Management  ​Angela Bailey
Chief Human Capital Officer
​December 15, 2021
2:00 p.m. ET
​Partnering From "Me" to "We:" Collaboration in Times of Transition​
​January 27, 2022
2:00 p.m. ET
​Entrepreneurship Leadership Innovation: The Everyday Entrepreneur​
​February 16, 2022
2:00 p.m. ET
​Flexibility Leading Real-Time Resilience with Real-Life Empathy​
​March 16, 2022
2:00 p.m. ET​
​Leveraging Diversity Identity, Integrity, and Inclusivity and Why it Matters​
​April 13, 2022
2:00 p.m. ET
​Problem Solving Failing Forward: Taking the Leadership Leap of Faith​
​May 17, 2022
2:00 p.m. ET
​Political Savvy Leadership Diplomacy: Leader as Ambassador​
​June 21, 2022
2:00 p.m. ET
​Developing Others Building a Coaching Culture​
​July 20, 2022
2:00 p.m. ET
​Vision Leadership Vision: What's Agility Got to Do with It?​
​August 2022 ​Financial Management Read a Book​
​September 21, 2022
2:00 p.m. ET
​Performance Management ​Expect the Unexpected: Perspectives on Leading Performance


View Archived Learning Café sessions here:

DHS Leader Development Competency Café FY21, FY20


Program Manager

Alyssa Lombardi, COMDT (CG-128), (202) 795-6099 or