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Leadership for the Government Manager

Leadership for the Government Manager

MGP Program Overview

The next generation of successful government leaders will be individuals who can embrace and implement transformation and build cross-functional interagency relationships. Leadership for the Government Manager brings to life important senior-level managerial concepts such as delivering results and understanding the budget and legislative processes as well as collaborating across agency and department lines. Participants in Leadership for the Government Manager examine strategies for making the mission and vision real for their agency or department. Participants in Leadership for the Government Manager are designated managers from the business and program branches of agencies or departments as well as designated managers from the information technology programs. Individuals with a vision for enterprise-wide thinking, strong potential for upward mobility, and experience carrying out their organization’s mission and vision are ideal candidates for acceptance into this program. Enrollment is limited to candidates from city, county, state and federal government with specific responsibilities rather than specific titles. MGP Endorsements Page

Delivery Model

Leadership for the Government Manager is a forward-thinking departure from traditional "day in a desk" training. Using individual development plans, group discussions, expert speakers, case studies, and participant-submitted projects, the classroom becomes an experiential laboratory in which managers address real world problems with realistic solutions. Leadership for the Government Manager consists of eight required courses for a total of 56 hours of instruction and 5.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Courses Classroom Hours Days CEUs
Strategic Management 7 1 0.7
Communication and Coaching 7 1 0.7
Strategic Planning 7 1 0.7
Operational Planning 7 1 0.7
Managing Organizational Change 7 1 0.7
Improving Business Processes 7 1 0.7
Building High Performing Teams 7 1 0.7
Conflict Management 7 1 0.7
8 courses 56 hours 8 days 5.6 units

Cohort classes of no more than 30 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 Manager, 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 Manager, participants are invited to participate in a post-training assessment process by completing a follow-up Leadership Practices Inventory.


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


Cohort 10

Cohort 11

Applications Due

July 7, 2014

November 14, 2014

Kick Off: Strategic Management

September 24, 2014

March 25, 2015

Communication and Coaching

September 25, 2014

March 26, 2015

Strategic Planning

October 15, 2014

April 22, 2015

Operational Planning

October 16, 2014

April 23, 2015

Managing Organizational Change

November 19, 2014

May 20, 2015

Improving Business Processes

November 20, 2014

May 21, 2015

Building High Performing Teams

December 17, 2014

June 17, 2015

Conflict Management

December 18, 2014

June 18, 2015

Presentations and Graduation

January 14, 2015

July 15, 2015


Please select a course title to view complete course descriptions.

Guest Speakers

Distinguished public and private sector managers make a major contribution to the program by discussing their management challenges and best practices.


The $3,879 program fee includes:

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

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

Application Process

To apply for Leadership for the Government Manager, prospective participants must complete the online application form available here. While there are only 25-30 seats available in each cohort, the college does not limit the number of applications submitted by an individual organization. Candidates not accepted upon first application may be considered for future cohorts. Applications are reviewed by committee and applicants will be notified of their acceptance.

Application Deadline:

Applications for the Fall Cohort (10) are due on July 7, 2014 and for the Spring Cohort (11) on November 14, 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)