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Leadership Intensives Course

Leadership Intensives (LI) are designed to deliver effective leadership experiences to a large population of the USGS in a condensed period of time. Leadership Intensives are open to all grade levels. Each region and headquarters office is asked to provide a list of candidates for these courses. Open enrollment classes are also offered in various locations. The LIs are an investment in the development of our future leaders of the USGS. Information concerning the courses and the nomination process is provided below.

Course Objective

The primary objective of the Leadership Intensive course is to support the USGS goal of developing a leadership-centered culture throughout the Bureau by delivering effective leadership experiences to a large population within the USGS.

Purpose and Content

The two-day Leadership Intensive curriculum was specially designed and includes various components from the USGS Leadership 101 and 201 courses. The sessions are designed to be interactive and the facilitators and coaches are graduates of Leadership 201.

Course Topics:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Principle-Centered Leadership – Guiding Principles
  • Team Exercise
  • Purpose
  • Story as a Leadership Tool
  • Mentoring
  • Courage
  • Self Reflection
  • Closure/Reflecting Circles

Course Tuition

Tuition for a LI is $500.00 per participant with a maximum of 26 students and a minimum of 18 students per class. Salary and any travel related costs will be borne by the participant’s office.

Two Options to Register:

Nomination from your Regional Director or Associate Director
Interested employees should talk to their supervisor to request training. Supervisors will forward their training requests to their respective ELT member for approval and subsequent nomination into the Regional and Headquarters sponsored classes. See LI schedule table below.

Open Enrollment Classes
Alternatively, with supervisory approval, employees may enroll in one of the three open enrollment classes scheduled for Reston, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; and Menlo Park, California. Open enrollment classes may offer opportunities for employees to attend a class at a more convenient location or timeframe. Registration for open enrollment classes is through DOI Learn on a first-come basis,

Regional Directors and Headquarters managers may place employees in one of the three open enrollment classes offered in 2016. The OED reserves the option to cancel open enrollment classes if demand is less than 18 participants. Alternatively, if the need for more LI classes is warranted, as evidenced by the nomination, the OED will schedule additional classes as appropriate. Open enrollment classes bear the $500 tuition fee per student and require supervisory approval.

FY17 Leadership Intensive Dates and Locations

Below are the dates, locations, and funding mechanisms for the Leadership Intensive courses.

FY-2017 Leadership Intensives
Class Date Organization Location Due Date
March 1-2, 2017 Southeast Region St. Petersburg, Florida Closed Registration
March 8-9, 2017 Midwest Region TBD December 2, 2017
March 28-29, 2017 Northeast Region Reston, Virginia
March 30-31, 2017 Open Enrollment Reston, Virginia
April 4-5, 2017 Southwest Region Denver, Colorado
April 6-7, 2017 Southwest Region Denver, Colorado
May 3-4, 2017 Headquarters – EROS Sioux Falls, South Dakota Closed Registration
May 10-11, 2017 Open Enrollment Denver, Colorado December 2, 2017
May 24-25, 2017 Pacific Region Carson City, Nevada
July 19-20, 2017 Midwest Region TBD
July 26-27, 2017 Pacific Region San Diego, California


Although there are no pre-requisites for this course, nominees should be committed to creating a leadership-centered culture within the USGS, emphasizing the importance of people to ensure high-quality science for the benefit of society. We encourage you to consider the richness of the learning experience that may result when the participants come together from a variety of science and science-support backgrounds, science centers, locations and grade levels.

After the nominations have been compiled, the OED will send information regarding the class rosters to the nominees and their supervisors.

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