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Key/OIG Leadership Development Certificate

The Key Office of Inspectors General Leadership Development Certificate (Key/OIG) is a highly competitive program for leaders within Offices of Inspectors General nationwide. Designed for emerging, new and experienced leaders, the leadership development certificate helps participants achieve the next level of growth they need for a successful, satisfying career in the inspector general community.

The Key/OIG Leadership Development Certificate is based on the Key philosophy. In order to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the rapidly changing environment, the Key program is conducted in a safe and respectful environment where students practice leadership and management skills, increase leadership capacity through feedback, and learn about major issues through real-life case scenarios.

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Program Overview: Finding the Right Program

Emerging Leaders

Participants have less than 3 years in the federal workforce or IG community. The Emerging Leaders program is designed to ensure organizations prepare a new generation of leaders. Results-focused, this program presents a holistic picture of leadership with an emphasis on practical knowledge. It is particularly appropriate for those who are preparing to take on a larger role within their organization.

New Leaders

Participants are GS-13 or GS-14 who have yet to partake in formal leadership development opportunities. The New Leaders program is designed to prepare accomplished functional leaders to assume new leadership responsibilities. Throughout the intensive, cross-functional curriculum, lively exchange with faculty and peers will refine participants' judgment, enhance skills, and increase confidence as a generalist and leader. In this program, participants learn how to lead under pressure, champion change, build teams, and develop talent throughout the organization.

The New Leaders program offers two options for Executive Coaching.

Option 1:

Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) 360 assessment + Debrief session with an Executive Coaching (2.0 hours) for $1,000.00 (in addition to program costs).

Option 2: 

Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) 360 assessment + Debrief session with an Executive Coaching and three (3) 1.5-hour coaching sessions, for a total of 6.5 hours of Coaching for $2,225.00 (in addition to program costs).

Experienced Leaders

Participants are long time GS-14 or GS-15 leaders who may have had formal leadership development opportunities. The Experienced Leaders program is designed to transform proven leaders into global executives ready for the highest roles. This program encourages self-assessment and reflection, enhances participants' capacity to think strategically and lead effectively, and helps participants formulate a proactive, strategy for driving results.

The Experienced Leader program offers two options for Executive Coaching.

Option 1:

Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) 360 assessment + Debrief session with an Executive Coaching (2.0 hours) this option is included with the Experienced Leaders program.

Option 2: 

Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) 360 assessment + Debrief session with an Executive Coaching and three (3) 1.5-hour coaching sessions, for a total of 6.5 hours of Coaching for $1,225 (in addition to program costs).

Application Process

All Key/OIG students are sponsored by their offices for this elite leadership training. Leaders, GS-13 and above, are eligible to be nominated by their office.

OIG agencies are encouraged to identify applicants at any time for any session posted on the ignet AU/CIGIE training schedule up to 60 days prior to the first day of the first week of class.

Late applications will not be accepted 30 days (or less) prior to the first day of the first week of class.

Executive Coaching Overview

Executive Coaching is one-on-one professional development designed to enhance a student’s potential to create higher engagement and performance for themselves and others. Executive coaching is a way of working with people that leaves them more self-aware, competent, and fulfilled. Coaching can help strengthen you as a leader, uncover blind spots, and change behaviors that can impact business results.

Meet the Coaches

We believe that emotional intelligence is a critical component to becoming an extraordinary leader. The concept is discussed in several of the classes, and it is a focus of the coaching experience. 
Coaching is based on the survey results of the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), a 360º feedback tool that measures behaviors that contribute to socially and emotionally effective performance. 

Your ESCI report shows you how others—manager(s), direct reports, peers, clients/customers, and others—experience your behavior in terms of the consistency with which you demonstrate the emotional and social intelligence competencies. Your understanding and development of these 12 competencies will allow you to be a more active participant in the design for your personal development as you meet with your coach.