New levels and goals carve a path for employees first to get a hold of their technical skills and then later evolve as a leader as they advance in their careers.
Fremont, CA: Agencies are forming new and improved leadership models vital for the growth of an organization. The agencies are eyeing the executive core qualifications (ECQs), the criteria required to enter the senior executive service deemed critical by the Office of Personnel Management, and they see a lot of room for improvement. The Department of Veterans Affairs is building out its leadership development framework for emerging and existing managers and executives. The VA leaders who recently approved the framework use the ECQs as a model and foundation tailored to the department’s specific goals. Rhonda Carter, VA’s associate director for experienced-based development, says, “Every employee in the organization is a leader, so we ensure that we develop leadership skills.” VA’s framework has five levels of leaders: emerging leaders, team leaders, first-line supervisors, managers, and senior leaders. These levels carve a path for employees first to get a hold of their technical skills and then later evolve as a leader as they advance in their careers.
The VA ensures that they connected their mission with what they do in the department for developing leaders. The department is exploring the specific corporate and competitive development opportunities it can map out for its leadership corps. A working group will seek out specific training and educational courses. The framework is related to VA’s “I CARE” values—integrity, commitment, accountability, respect, and excellence. The new talent development council that the VA built will form a leadership model with further policies and guidance. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is developing its leadership and professional development journey map, which the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) and Federal Executive Institute will use a model. The model consists of three leadership levels—the supervisor, manager, and federal executive.
OPM’s leadership model focuses on wellness, mindfulness, as well as evidence-based decision-making, artificial intelligence, and human-centered design, which sets emerging and existing leaders on a path to develop “human performance.” Additionally, the model also assists leaders to enhance professional and leadership development. OPMs and VAs leadership development models and frameworks are an opportunity for emerging supervisors and managers to become lifelong learners.
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