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Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP)

The Executive Leadership Development Program is designed for high potential employees at the GS-13 and 14 levels or equivalent whose career plans include moving into upper management positions. It is one of the “flagship” leadership development programs managed and funded by the Department of Commerce that support the Human Capital Management Plan and workforce succession planning. These programs target “mission critical” positions expected to experience major attrition through retirements and other reasons. The program provides leadership development opportunities and addresses key competencies. Formal training and leadership development activities are the foundation of this program resulting in a cadre of well-trained, well-qualified employees for leadership roles in the Department of Commerce. Individuals selected for this program remain in their current positions and grade levels. Selected participants are expected to be self-starters and highly motivated individuals who, through their experience, curriculum must be completed in sixteen (16) months while balancing current job assignments.

Began March 2015 with 29 participants. Currently, there are 26 participants. The class will end in June 2016

General Information:

  • Grades 13 – 14 (one year time in grade)
  • 16 months Duration
  • 30 Participants
  • Competencies Addressed
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Conflict management
  • Decisiveness
  • Human resources management
  • Influencing/negotiating
  • Mentoring


  • Leadership development
  • Personal skills and behavioral assessment
  • Leadership training
  • Capitol Hill exposure
  • Seminars
  • 90 - 120 days Developmental assignment
  • Action learning project
  • Mentoring
  • Guest Speakers
  • Group meetings and discussions
  • Team building exercise

List of ELDP Class Participants:

For more information, please contact the Program Manager, Julia Law on 202-482-8095 or e-mail JLaw@doc.gov.

Note: The program funds all training and materials. Local and long distance travel is not supported by the program and is the responsibility of the home organization. In addition, while supervisory approval to participate in the program is not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to it with their supervisors and keep them informed. This affords a supervisor ample time to plan for the period of time a selected candidate might be out of the office. All graduates of this and other leadership development programs must compete under merit promotion regulations in order to advance into higher-level positions.