Office of Leadership Courses

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

Executive Potential Program (500915)


About the Course

The Executive Potential Program, conducted by the Graduate School, USA, is a year long competency-based leadership program designed to develop senior-level public service employees into more effective leaders. The program is based on the Office of Personnel Management's Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Graduate School, USDA's Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI).

Participants engage in classroom discussions, group exercises, learning teams and independent studies. The program challenges its participants to step outside their comfort level, to sample new environments and to stretch, grow, contribute and make a difference.

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

1. Two 60-day developmental work assignments
2. 360-degree feedback assessment Leadership Effectiveness Inventory (LEI)
3. Leadership development plan
4. Experiential learning teams/projects
5. Senior executive mentor
6. Senior executive interviews and shadowing assignments
7. Benchmarking

School Information
Learn more on how to be the best executive you can be with OPM's Executive Development Best Practices Guide.


Participant Objectives

Strengthen needed competencies in such leadership skills as creativity and innovation, external awareness, conflict management, team building, customer service, accountability, financial management, human resource management, partnering, etc.

Class Convening Dates

Application deadline:

Program Duration:

Resident Session Dates:

01March 2018

12 months,

16 APR 2018 to
19 APR 2019

16-20 APR2018,
13-17 AUG2018,
10-14 DEC2018, and
15-19 APR 2019


GS 13-15 and equivalent wage grade levels (WS 14-18 and WL 14)

Application Procedures

To apply:

1. Coordinate with your Training Officer or ESO to submit an Electronic Training Request (ETR) using Direct Access. Course code: 500915.
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 applicants 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.