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Part of NNSA’s drive to support employee learning, improvement

NNSA's Mid-Level Leadership Development Program participants took part in a course at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in early March.
NNSA's Mid-Level Leadership Development Program participants took part in a course at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in early March.

A key characteristic of leaders—in business and in life—is developing leadership traits. To provide leadership skills beneficial to their career and applicable to their home organizations, 13 NNSA Mid-Level Leadership Development Program (MLDP) participants took part in a leadership course at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in early March.

The course, “Leadership Skills for Non-Supervisors,” provided hands-on experiential exercises, assessments and frameworks/models in an integrated development plan to match MLDP participants’ needs with their strengths. The three day course contributes to a strategic succession planning pipeline to develop, recruit and retain a highly qualified and diverse workforce across the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

Participants complete five core courses designed to help develop leadership skills and receive an OPM Leadership Education and Development Certificate upon completion.

“The growth and development of each participant continues to be the main objective of the program,” said Ben Jaramillo, MLDP program manager. “Mentoring and acquiring a new perspective on leadership is a key component of the program.”

“Participants share their feedback with mentors and map out ways for the employee to grow in areas that could use improvement,” notes Jaramillo. As a result, the MLDP has made adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Learning and Career Management (LCM) is exploring delivering NNSA supervisory training courses online, with participants utilizing video teleconferencing for key meetings. For participants needing to complete their 60-day rotation, a waiver will be offered to delay this requirement until the end of the year. LCM is also considering holding graduation virtually since the health and safety of the participants is a top priority.

The program supports NNSA’s goal of developing meaningful and progressively responsible career roadmaps as NNSA strives to be a learning organization – one that promotes employee learning, development, and training that benefit the agency and the participant.

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