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Leadership for the Government Executive

Leadership for the Government Executive

LGE Endorsements


The next generation of successful government leaders will be those who know how to embrace and implement positive government transformation and build cross-functional, inter-jurisdictional relationships. These relationships will be key building blocks for our future leaders. Leadership for the Government Executive expands the practical application of the skills required to achieve success in today’s changing business climate. Government leaders will be challenged to develop and adopt best practices, create non-traditional solutions, and develop relationships to implement and sustain government transformation efforts.

LGE Student Commentary


Leadership for the Government Executive is a certificate program for individuals who set the vision and direction of an organization's enterprise-wide priorities. Participants are considered senior leaders including executives and upper-level managers from the business, program and information technology programs or branches of an agency or department. Individuals responsible for strategic planning and policy setting across agency and departmental lines are ideal candidates. Enrollment is limited to participants from city, county, state and federal government with specific responsibilities rather than specific titles.

Delivery Model

Leadership for the Government Executive is a forward-thinking departure from traditional “day in a desk” training. Using individual development plans, group discussions, distinguished speakers from the public and private sectors, case studies, and participant-submitted project proposals, the classroom becomes an experiential laboratory in which leaders address real world problems with realistic solutions. Leadership for the Government Executive consists of seven required courses for a total of 49 hours of instruction and 4.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Courses Hours Days CEUs
Kick Off: Executive Leadership 7 1 0.7
Building a Service Culture 7 1 0.7
Leading Organizational Change 7 1 0.7
Creating a Coaching Culture  7 1 0.7
Effective Governance and Team Dynamics 7 1 0.7
Enterprise Communication 7 1 0.7
Measuring Success 7 1 0.7
7 courses 49 hours 7 days 4.9 units

Cohort classes of no more than 25 participants create an opportunity to develop relationships, building networks that pave the way for collaboration beyond the scope of this experience.


Upon acceptance to Leadership for the Government Executive, participants are required to complete the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), which is based on The Leadership Challenge authored by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Throughout the program, participants are evaluated through class discussions, experiential exercises and an individual project. Participants are expected to complete a project and report the findings at the end of the program. Approximately six months after completion of Leadership for the Government Executive, participants are invited to participate in a post-training assessment process by completing a follow-up Leadership Practices Inventory and an online self-assessment to measure the training effectiveness of the program.


Course sessions meet from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Cohort 21

Cohort 22

Applications Due

July 7, 2014

October 24, 2014

Kick Off: Executive Leadership

September 11, 2014

February 12, 2015

Building a Service Culture

October 9, 2014

March 12, 2015

Leading Organizational Change

November 6, 2014

April 9, 2015

Creating a Coaching Culture

December 4, 2014

May 7, 2015

Effective Governance and Team Dynamics

January 8, 2015

June 4, 2015

Enterprise Communication

February 5, 2015

July 9, 2015

Measuring Success

March 5, 2015

August 6, 2015


April 2, 2015

September 10, 2015


Please select a course title to view complete course descriptions.

Guest Speakers

Distinguished public and private sector executives make a major contribution to the program by discussing their leadership challenges and how aspiring leaders can develop cross-functional interagency relationships to implement and sustain government's transformational efforts.

Past guest speakers include:

  • Clark Kelso, Federal Receiver, California Prison Healthcare Receivership
  • Teri Takai, State Chief Information Officer
  • P.K. Agarwal, Chief Technology Officer, State of California
  • Selvi Stanislaus, Executive Officer, California Franchise Tax Board
  • Jeff Szczesny, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Raley's


The $4,779 program fee includes:

  • 49 hours of instruction
  • 4.9 continuing education units
  • Course materials
  • Pre- and post-program Leadership Practices Inventory assessments
  • Continental breakfast and full lunch for each class day
  • Parking for each day of the program
  • Graduation celebration with program sponsors
  • Certificate of Participation

There are no provisions for auditing this program at this time.

Nomination Process

To participate in Leadership for the Government Executive, all prospective applicants must be nominated by their supervisor, sponsored by their director or a director's designee, and accepted into the program. When selecting nominees, look for individuals who will benefit from hands-on collaboration in the areas of strategic planning and policy setting across agency and departmental lines. Consider your organization's succession planning needs and nominate individuals with strong potential for upward mobility who will benefit from a leadership curriculum, and those in a leadership position or poised to be in one in the near future. The college encourages nominations from the business, program and information technology areas. While there are only 25 seats available in each cohort, the college does not limit the number of nominations submitted by an individual organization. Candidates not accepted upon first nomination may be considered for future cohorts. Nominations are reviewed by committee and applicants will be notified of their acceptance. To nominate a candidate for Leadership for the Government Executive, complete the online nomination form available online.

Nomination Deadline:

Nominations for the Fall Cohort (21) are due on July 7, 2014 and for the Spring Cohort (22) on October 24, 2014.


The College of Continuing Education wishes to thank the dedicated public servants who invest their time and energy to ensure the professional merit and applicability of this program.

Founding Sponsors

  • J. Clark Kelso
    Federal Receiver, California Prison Healthcare Receivership
  • William C. Bush
    Director, California Department of General Services (Retired October 2009)
  • David A. Gilb
    Director, Department of Personnel Administration (Retired September 2009)



By completing the three level Portfolio series, I gained confidence to succeed and priceless networking with like- minded managers and leaders. The Portfolio programs are an excellent tool for growth through the career stages of supervisor, manager and executive.

Denise Cook, Fiscal Officer
State Lands Commission
LGE, LGM & LGS Alumni

Too often in state government we get focused on being managers instead of leaders. LGE afforded me a tremendous opportunity to become attuned with what it means to be a successful leader. I’m now uniquely positioned to tap my leadership strengths to help manage cultural and organizational change within my department.

Eric Lamoureux, Regional Administrator
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
LGE Cohort 15 Alumni

The LGM intensive leadership course enabled me to adopt best practices, and truly sharpen my skills in a cross agency environment. The Return on Investment (ROI) session alone was an invaluable exercise in efficiency which made us all look at our departments through a fiscal lens. The instructors were the best: their unreserved candidness made for a rich learning environment.

Gilbert A. Smith, District Administrator
Board of Equalization
LGM Cohort 6 Alumni

The LGS program is a fantastic learning and growth opportunity for any supervisor. The curriculum provides students with a leadership methodology “toolbox” to achieve more effective change management, workforce retention, and decision making. Most importantly, I learned about emotional intelligence, both mine and others’, and why that is important for effective leadership. This program gave me the tools I needed to be a more effective leader and helped me avoid common pitfalls as a new supervisor.

Dave Luiz, Network and Security Supervisor
Department of Water Resources
LGS Cohort 3 Alumni