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Resource | Jan. 27, 2021

Leadership Development Resources


USCG Courses

Essential Resources

USCG Skillport Courses

Set up your account USCG Skillport (CAC Required), then explore courses such as:

  • Resolving Workplace Conflict
  • Confronting Workplace Conflict
  • Leading Others through Conflict
  • Handling Team Conflict
  • Communicating with Confidence
  • The Art and Science of Communication
  • Your Role in Workplace Diversity
  • Maintaining a Cohesive Multigenerational Workforce
  • Reasonable Accommodation for the Federal Workplace
  • Leadership Learning Cafes
  • DHS Leader Development Program

In-Person and Virtual Courses

DHS Courses

DHS Continuous Leader Development (12/12)
DHS requires supervisors, managers, and executives beyond their first year to complete two annual development requirements (often referred to as “12/12"):


DHS Leader Development Program
promotes leadership everywhere in the Department by establishing DHS-specific Leader Development Competencies and a DHS-wide Leader Development Framework to outline the minimum development necessary for proficiency at all leader levels, and includes the Leadership Bridges strategy for development in advance of pursuing increased levels of leadership responsibility. The LDP offers a wide variety of DHS-wide tools, resources, products and programs to support leaders and organizations in cultivating a culture and practice of leadership effectiveness, such as:

DoD Courses

DoD: Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program
Attend seven weeks of in-residence courses at the DoD Executive Management Training Center in Southbridge, Massachusetts. The course covers DoD mission, decisiveness, conflict resolution and more.


U.S. Army War College: Masters Degree of Strategic Studies
This Distance Education Program consists of eight primary online courses, an elective or directed research project, and two summer resident courses, taken over a two-year period. There is no tuition cost, but TAD costs must be funded by the participant’s unit/office. For GS13-15.


The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security CAC Required
Earn your M.A. in security studies, or enroll in a non-degree program for Executive Leadership, Pacific Executive Leadership, or DHS Emerging Leaders. All programs are fully funded through a FEMA grant. Eligibility varies per program, but there are opportunities for GS-9 to SES.


DoD Service School Opportunities CAC Required
DoD encourages employee development by offering free advanced academic degrees from academic institutions across the country. Opportunities include:

  • M.S., National Resource Strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School
  • M.S. National Security Strategy, National War College
  • M.S. Strategic Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Military Courses

All Officers

Senior Officers

Chief Warrant Officers



Civilian Courses

GS 1-10

GS 11-13

GS 14-15

Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) Employees




Executive Development Program Information pertaining to Executive Development may be found on the Executive Development Portal on CG Portal. If you are a Flag or SES and require access, please contact Greg Harting,


SES Mentoring Program The OPM SES Situational Mentoring Program is a free government wide program that was created for current federal executives nationwide. The overall purpose of this program is to provide you with timely advice and support so that you can receive feedback and helpful ideas when challenges arise.

Additional Programs

Department of State: National Security Executive Leadership Seminar 
The Foreign Service Institute National Security Executive Leadership Seminar course offers participants exposure to high-level Administration officials and the latest insights on policy deliberations. For GS-15 and 06.


Department of State: Navigating the Interagency
The State Department’s mid-level interagency course aims to build the collaborative skills and cultural awareness of USCG employees working on national security policy issues. For GS12-13 and 03.


Partnership for Public Service: Excellence in Government and e-Government Fellows
These programs offer a transformational experience that encourages fellows to think differently and lead more effectively, tapping expertise from top practitioners in both public and private sectors.


Graduate School USA: Aspiring Leader
The program strengthens basic competencies in oral and written communication, problem solving, leadership, interpersonal skills, self-direction, flexibility, customer service, and decisiveness. For GS-4-6.


Graduate School USA: New Leader
The New Leader Program is for employees who have just entered leadership or have a high potential. The course involves three, one-week sessions over a six-month period. For GS 7-11.


Graduate School USA: Executive Leader Program
The nine-month program strengthens employees’ leadership competencies and teaches them how to apply the skills in real-world situations. For GS 11-13.


Graduate School USA: Capitol Hill Workshop
This three-day training provides managers with a timely, in-depth look at changing political and policy struggles and how Congress will attempt to shape and realign America's future as we enter the 21st Century. For GS13-15 and 05-5.


Alan Freed Associates: White House Workshop 
This three-day training gives managers an understanding of presidential policies and programs. For GS13-15 and 05-06.


Alan Freed Associates : Capitol Hill Workshop 
This three-day training provides managers with a timely, in-depth look at changing political and policy struggles and how Congress will attempt to shape and realign America's future as we enter the 21st Century. For GS13-15 and 05-5.