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New OPM courses aim to polish leadership abilities

The Office of Personnel Management announced the release of two newly developed web-based executive training courses aimed at supporting the “People and Culture” portion of the president’s federal management agenda.

The Office of Personnel Management announced the release of two newly developed web-based executive training courses aimed at supporting the “People and Culture” portion of the president’s federal management agenda.

OPM said the two courses were developed for cross-governmental use as part of a “strategic commitment to help agencies create inclusive work environments where the workforce is fully engaged…”

According to a May 18 notice to human resources directors from Mark Reinhold, associate director of employee services, the first course—“Emotionally Intelligent Leadership”—is “designed to help educate and provide Federal leaders with knowledge and strategies to successfully apply the principles of emotional intelligence, defined as the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, and for managing emotions effectively in others and ourselves”

The second course, “Leading Change,” allows executives “to practice their leadership skills in a realistic work environment,” which includes a simulated situation in which executives are given information that they have to use to lead an agency-wide transition by managing a new team and making strategic decisions to pursue the initiative.

OPM said the courses will be used by agency SES Candidate Development Program coordinators, executive development program coordinators, among others.

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