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LEAD Program Structure

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Orientation Session

The orientation session which occurs on the first day of training will be designed for participants and their supervisors. At this session, the Program Manager will fully explain the program components and the amount of time each component may take from the participant’s current job. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Introductory Core Training

There will be one teacher-led 4-day training course that covers an introduction to leadership, at least one personal assessment, and a discussion of the meaning of personal assessment results. The training will include discussions on leadership and management, leading effective teams, building relationships, ethics, managing conflicts, leading change, coaching, individual development plans and goal setting, and leadership and team skills.


The rise of informal learning is a current trend. Mentoring, which will occur outside of the program, will be a major component of the program. Each participant will be given a mentor, receive mentoring training, and utilize the mentoring program computer system for matches. Through the mentoring process, individuals will be able to learn more about themselves and have an individual to turn to for guidance and networking in an informal environment.

The LEAD program will become part of the overall Department-wide Mentoring Program and, as such, will have access to the mentoring data base, mentoring forms and evaluations, and other key components so that they may request an appropriate mentor. Participants will be required to attend mentoring training along with members of all other programs that include mentoring as a sub-component.

Final Topic Paper

A final topic paper (not to exceed 2 to 3 pages in length) will be required of each participant at the conclusion of the program. The purpose of the paper will be to “bring the program together.” Participants will be expected to report out on what they have learned, what competencies they have enhanced, the lessons learned, and what they liked or disliked about the program. The program manager will review the final topic paper (uploaded to the CLC) and provide feedback to the participant.

Executive Interview

Participants will select one senior executive to interview to determine how they achieved career success, how they define leadership, and what skills the individual believes were most important toward them achieving career success. The results of the interview will be documented in a one page paper, uploaded to the CLC for review.

Speaker Events

The Program Manager will be responsible for finding up to 2 speaker events for each participant to attend. These events may include openings that remain from the SES or ALDP speaker forums, the Government Executive Forum Series, or other speaker events that occur within the commuting area. The purpose of the speaker events will be to network among peers and to learn something new or different outside of the program arena or to enhance what has been learned. Participants will document the speaker events they have attended in the CLC.

Commerce Learning Center Courses

Participants will be required to take 3 Commerce Learning Center courses that involve some aspect of leadership. Participants will be able to select from a list of potential courses. The list will be housed in the CLC on the LEAD program page. Once courses are taken, the CLC will have automatic notification of completion for each participant.

Leadership Book Discussion

The Office of Training and Knowledge Management will provide copies of the book, the “108 Skills of Natural Born Leaders” for the group to read. Once the group has completed the book, the group will meet for an informal brown bag session midway through the program to discuss their perceptions of what they learned in the book.

The Leadership Learning Agreement

Each participant will be expected to sign a learning agreement, with their supervisor’s approval of the time the individual must have away from their jobs to complete requirements.

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

The Individual Development Plan must be completed by the participant with input from the assigned mentor. As part of the core training, there will be a session on how to fill out and utilize an IDP.


At the conclusion of the program, the Program Manager will arrange for a graduation ceremony in which graduates receive a certificate that indicates that the individual has completed all the requirements for a certificate in leadership.

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