The Aspiring Leaders Program (ALP) is a six-week program designed to prepare employees for leadership and professional growth. Understanding the importance of planning early in one’s career, this program guides participants to develop a strategy for personal leadership and career development. The program has a target audience of GS professionals up to the Grade 6 level, or those who possess an equivalent classification in a Wage Grade series or in the private sector.
With a focus on the Fundamental Competencies: Interpersonal Skills, Written Communication, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation, the Aspiring Leaders Program theme is “Leadership Foundations.” The program gives high-potential individuals the confidence and training they need to set and meet personal and professional goals, expand their network, and broaden their experience.
Designed for professionals who desire a better understanding of leadership and the intent to take charge of their career, the ALP curriculum challenges participants to increase the capacity of their current skills, knowledge, and awareness.
The objectives of the program are to:
This program is for you if you are eager to learn the foundational skills to enhance your professional capabilities, develop skills to achieve personal success, want to grow in your career but need guidance on what steps are required to make it happen and need assistance in creating your personal brand.
In order to complete the program, participants are required to attend both weeks of training and complete bridge assignments between the first and second weeks of training.
Participants in the ALP benefit because they:
Organizations benefit from sending their employees to the ALP because they:
The Aspiring Leaders Program is strategically designed around three program components; assessment, experiential learning and individual development.
Individual Development – Participants are taught the importance of effective career management and are required to create a career development that they will present to the class.
Assessments – Participants take the True Colors® assessment that gives them a better understanding of themselves and others. Using this knowledge, participants create career strategies to expand their professional and personal development.
Experiential Learning – Participants engage in activities that challenge them to ask questions, explore the world around them, and develop skills.
Participants in the program are nominated by their agencies based on their leadership potential, or they apply directly with the support of their agency based on their personal developmental objectives. Employers can expect that participants in the program will be away from their positions for two weeks. * Participants can expect to work on individual and team activities outside the training sessions.
Eligibility of completion from the Aspiring Leader Program requires participants to finish all program components, attend all training sessions, and participate in all aspects of the program — NO exceptions. Please consider these requirements carefully before submitting an application.