Office of Leadership Courses

Leadership courses are available to active, reserve and civilian personnel; through multiple agencies.

Executive Leader Program (500916)


About the Course

The Executive Leader Program, conducted by the Graduate School, USA, provides leadership and managerial training and development opportunities for employees who have a high potential to be a future federal manager. The program is designed to strengthen the employee's leadership competencies and to teach them how to apply the skills they learn in real-world situations. Participants gain knowledge and practice the skills that will help them develop into effective managers and leaders.

The training requires participants to be away from their position for a minimum of four, one-week, sessions over a nine month period. The program components include:

1. Four 5-day residential sessions
2. A team project that involves the design and delivery of a one-hour presentation on a leadership related topic
3. An individual needs assessment
4. A Leadership development plan
5. A project impact paper on how your training experience will impact your career plans and goals
6. A one-week assignment "shadowing" a federal manager
7. One-on-one interviews with senior federal managers
8. At a minimum, participants complete one eight-week developmental assignment outside of the position of record. Assignments are to be completed during the nine-month program.
9. Leadership readings

School Information

Participant Objectives

Strengthen basic competencies in leadership skills such as teamwork, customer service, problem solving, self-direction, flexibility, interpersonal skills, conflict management, decisiveness, oral and written communication, and working effectively in a diverse workforce.

Class Convening Dates


Application deadline:

Program Duration:

Resident Session Dates:

01 March 2018

Nine months,

07MAY 2018 to
08 FEB 2019

07-11 MAY 2018,
06-10 AUG 2018,
05-09 NOV 2018,
and 04-08 FEB 2019



GS 11-13, Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) NF 4-5 members who are not supervisors or are new supervisors with less than one year of supervisory experience, and equivalent wage grade levels (WG and WL 10-15)

Application Procedures

To apply:

1. Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access. Course code: 500916.
2. Complete a Grad School Application Form, which includes statements from the applicant and their supervisor. Do not provide your social security number on the school application form.
3. Submit a current resume, or equivalent documentation, signed and dated by the applicant showing a current home address. Resumes or equivalent documentation shall not exceed one page.
4. Include a letter of nomination in CG memo format from the first flag officer or SES in the applicant's chain of command.
5. Scan the documents (in paragraphs 2-4 above) into a .pdf file and send as an email attachment Include the course title within the subject line of the email.

NOTE: DO NOT submit application directly to Graduate School, USA.
Costs are paid by Coast Guard Headquarters (AFC 56 "C" school account).

Selection Procedures

1. A selection panel will review the documents of all eligible applicants.
2. Selected individuals will be notified by record message traffic of their selection.
3. Alternates will be selected and will attend the program in the event a primary candidate cannot attend.
4. Selected individuals will be directed to submit a completed SF182, including the signed Continued Service Agreement (pages 4-5 of the SF182).

    Program Manager

    Kin Szeto, COMDT (CG-128), phone 202-475-5515, email

    Additional Information

    For additional information (including conveying dates, prerequisites, location, etc.) please visit the TQC website.


    For course information conflicts between CG-128 website and TQC website, CG-128 takes precedence.