SystemLEAD Leadership Development Program

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See program 2019 flyer HERE.

See the 2019 System Application Process Links HERE.


There is an increasing challenge for public agencies to retain a workforce that provides quality and cost-effective services to the citizens of Virginia. As of October 2014, the average age of a DBHDS employee is 47.1 years old and nearly a quarter of our employees are eligible to retire in five years or less. To this end, it is essential that we begin to build a talent pool through training and development that can advance our mission of supporting individuals by promoting recovery, self-determination, and wellness in all aspects of life.


The U.S. Office of Personnel Management reports that “moving forward, key qualifications for leaders in government will be those that create an organizational culture which drives results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the organization” (Sept. 2012). These are skills that are learned and developed over time and with intentional effort.


In an effort to address this challenge, DBHDS offers a comprehensive, long term leadership management initiative. A university-based leadership training certificate program present core management and basic leadership concepts and frameworks. Recognized leaders from across the Commonwealth explore the nature of management and leadership in policy formulation, development, and implementation and subject matter experts take partipants on a a deep dive into the key issues and priority areas currently facing the DBHDS system.

Over the nine month program, key competencies for leadership will be used to increase the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors for participants aspiring to a leadership role. The graphic at the right encompass these competencies.



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