Leadership Training Courses

Leadership isn’t the same thing as supervising. This special selection of classes specifically focuses on leadership development to empower your agency’s all-stars to generate results to help fulfill your organization’s mission.



LD-1: Effectively Managing and Communicating with Employees (1-2 days)

Course Topics: Managing vs. leading; identifying and honing your supervisory skills; managing difficult employee personality types; managing a multigenerational workforce; managing a mobile workforce; using structured communication with your employees; conflict resolution skills; utilizing a team-based approach in the federal government.


LD-2: Mindset Matters: Making the Transition from Individual Contributor to Supervisor (1 day)

Course Topics: Assessing existing managerial knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence; understanding the art and science behind managing others; differentiating between a general mindset, positional mindset, and job-specific mindset; understanding the traits that directly correlate with the ability to accurately assess performance; create a personal development strategy to transition to supervision.

LD-3: Leadership Deep Dive (1-2 days)

Course Topics: Equipping individuals at all levels with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence to lead with excellence; research-inspired best-practices and a practice-driven approach to increasing leadership effectiveness; self-assessments; an easy-to-remember framework for managing conversations with employees; strategies for cultivating high-performing teams; recommendations to increase your influence within your agency; four content areas (Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Teams, Leading the Agency) that can be emphasized and focused on the needs of group in attendance.

LD-4: The High-Performing Team (1 day)

Course Topics: This is an interactive, full-day learning experience based upon Social Styles, an industry-tested assessment that helps leaders leverage individual personality types and strengths to promote accurate communication, diminish unhealthy conflict, and increase individual and collective performance. Social Styles is driven by the premise that diverse teams are better teams. The High- Performing Team examines the neuroscience behind peak performance, explores the composition of teams of excellence, offers strategies to understand and negotiate individual differences, and equips leaders to align team goals with those of the agency.

Offered by nationally-recognized leadership scholar and trainer Dr. Anthony J. Marchese, The High- Performing Team includes assessments, relevant articles and videos, real-life simulations, and practical suggestions for ongoing sustainability.

LD-5: Performing by Design: Using Strengthsfinder to Transform Your Team (1 day)

Course TopicsPerforming by Design harnesses the power of the internationally celebrated Strengthsfinder assessment tool and newly-released book, Design: An Owner’s Manual for Learning, Living, and Leading with Purpose to help leaders and their teams cultivate a culture of performance shaped by respect for differences, leveraging strengths to drive results, healthy handling of conflict, and targeted strategies for individual/team achievement. Mentored by the creator of the Strengths movement, nationally-recognized leadership scholar and trainer Dr. Anthony J. Marchese will guide you on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, engaging group exercises, personal development strategies, and a team analysis to leverage the best in others to achieve results. Consider the immense possibilities for your own team when thinking is shifted away from fixating upon deficiencies alone and instead capitalizing upon what is right. Instead of becoming adequate at much and excellent at nothing, use this experience to transform your own worldview (and that of your team) to make the investment of a lifetime by channeling energies in those areas with the greater opportunity for a rich return- Your Design, Your Strengths. Prepare to think, laugh, practice, and plan as you participate in Performing by Design. Research in strengths reveals that those who function according to their Design (using strengths on a regular basis while at work) report greater satisfaction with their jobs, exemplify increased creativity, stay longer, and report being fully engaged.

Upcoming Training Events

Webinar Series – Too Sick to Work: Absence Due to Illness
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Barbara Haga

Course Description

Absence due to illness has changed the landscape in dealing with federal workplace issues.  Problems arise when employees are absent – let alone the huge amounts of leave entitlements tied to family member medical conditions.

Administering sick leave can be complicated, and proper documentation is critical.  The Family & Medical Leave Act adds an additional layer of complexity to these illness-related absences.  When can you require medical examinations? When can you take action on excessive absences?

If you need more information on absence related to illness so you are able to answer those tough questions on sick leave and FMLA – or if you want to ensure that the adverse action case you assemble will withstand the scrutiny of the MSPB – then this webinar series is custom-made for you.

While the near future of the Merit Systems Protection Board remains uncertain, Ms. Haga is  staying on top of the situation and will provide attendees with the most up-to-date information they need to know.

Join instructor Barbara Haga for any or all of the sessions as she guides you through these thorny issues.

  • Session 1 – Sick Leave, Part I (1/23)
    • Earning and accumulation
    • Authorized uses of sick leave
    • Family care sick leave – documentation and limits
    • Advance sick leave
  • Session 2 – Sick Leave, Part II  (2/6)
    • Notice requirements
    • Definition of “serious health condition”
    • Substitution of paid leave for FMLA LWOP
    • Medical certification – what is required and what needs to be in it
    • Sick leave abuse
    • Medical examinations
    • Taking action on sick leave-related absences
  • Session 3 – Understanding FMLA (2/20)
    • Basic entitlement
    • Notice requirements
    • FMLA Medical certification requirements
    • Discipline and FMLA – excessive absence, falsified information, failure to comply with notice requirements, last chance agreements

You’ll have the chance to ask your questions, and get them answered in real time, during each of these 90-minute sessions.  Register your site today.


$275 per webinar per site. Register for all three by 1/17 for only $795.

Add a teleworker for only $35 per webinar, in addition to a main site registration, if space permits.

Developing & Defending Discipline: Holding Federal Employees Accountable – Oklahoma City @ Hilton Garden Inn Bricktown
Feb 26 – Feb 28 all-day

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Holding federal employees accountable for performance and conduct is easier than you might think. Too many supervisors believe that an employee’s protected activity (EEO complaints, whistleblower disclosures, or union activity) precludes the supervisor from initiating a suspension or removal, but that’s just not true.

FELTG is here to make federal supervisors’ lives easier by clarifying those misconceptions while helping supervisors understand how to take defensible misconduct actions quickly and fairly – actions that withstand scrutiny on appeal by the MSPB, EEOC, or in grievance arbitration. Plus, if you have a non-performing employee working for you now, we show you how you can remove that employee from your workplace in 31 days, among many other things. Join us for this brand-new three-day seminar and come away with the tools you need to hold your employees accountable.

The program runs 8:30 – 4:00 each day and meets OPM’s mandatory training requirements for federal supervisors found at 5 CFR 412.202(b).


Deborah Hopkins, Dwight Lewis

Daily Agenda:


Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part I: Accountability and supervisory authority; discipline and misconduct theory and practice; penalty defense and due process; discipline procedures and appeals; psychology of performance appraisal; performance-based removal procedures.


Accountability for Conduct and Performance, Part II: Completing a performance action; team workshop; mentoring programs; handling the absent employee; understanding the federal supervisor’s personal liability in employment actions.


Defending Against Discrimination Complaints: The Supervisor’s Role: The role of EEO in the federal government; defining protected categories: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information and reprisal; theories of discrimination; agency defenses; what to do if you’re a Responding Management Official in a complaint; what happens if you’re called as an EEO witness.


Early Bird Tuition (register by February 12):

  • 3 days = $1380
  • 2 days = $980
  • 1 day = $540

Standard Tuition (register February 13 – February 28):

  • 3 days = $1480
  • 2 days = $1080
  • 1 day = $640

Seminar registration includes a copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 4th ed., by Wiley and Hopkins.


The Hilton Garden Inn – Bricktown has a limited number of rooms reserved for $119 a night. Please call the hotel directly at (405) 270-0588 and mention Federal Employment Law Training Group to receive the rate. Rooms must be reserved by January 26, 2019, to qualify for the special rate.

Cancellation and No-show Policy for Registered Participants: Cancellations made after the cancel date on the registration form will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. Pre-paid training using the “Pay Now” option will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. No-shows will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses.

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