Successful government leaders will be those who know how to
embrace and implement positive government transformation and
build cross-functional, inter-jurisdictional relationships. These
relationships will be key building blocks for our future leaders.
Leadership for the Government Executive expands the practical
application of the skills required to achieve success in today’s
changing business climate. Government leaders will be challenged
to develop and adopt best practices, create nontraditional
solutions, and develop relationships to implement and sustain
government transformation efforts.
Cohort classes of no more than 25-30 participants create an
opportunity to develop relationships, building networks that pave
the way for collaboration beyond the scope of this experience.
Leadership for the Government Executive is a dynamic and
innovative training opportunity. Graduates learn to become
effective leaders who can navigate these tough economic
realities, motivate individuals and groups, promote a culture
in which people value themselves, and provide overall strategic
direction and better communication.
Karen Johnson, Department of Health Care
Services • LGE Cohort 1 Alumni
Leadership for the Government Executive is a certificate program
for individuals who set the vision and direction of an
organization’s enterprise-wide priorities. Participants are
considered senior leaders including executives and upper-level
managers from the business, program and information technology
programs or branches of an agency or department. Individuals
responsible for strategic planning and policy setting across
agency and departmental lines are ideal candidates. Enrollment is
limited to participants from city, county, state and federal
government with specific responsibilities rather than specific
This program is currently being
offered synchronously via Zoom due to COVID-19.
The delivery method may change according to local safety
standards. Please check with the program staff for updates on
Leadership for the Government Executive is a forward-thinking
departure from traditional “day in a desk” training. Using
individual development plans, group discussions, distinguished
speakers from the public and private sectors, case studies, and
participant-submitted project proposals, the classroom becomes an
experiential laboratory in which leaders address real world
problems with realistic solutions. Leadership for the Government
Executive consists of seven required courses for a total
of 4.9 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
This program is currently being offered synchronously (9
a.m. – 4 p.m.) via Zoom due to COVID-19.
Applications Due: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Executive Leadership: Sept. 10, 2020
Building a Service Culture: Oct. 8, 2020
Leading Organizational Change: Nov. 5, 2020
Creating a Coaching Culture: Dec. 3, 2020
Effective Governance and Team Dynamics: Jan. 7, 2021
Enterprise Communication: Feb. 4, 2021
Measuring Success: Mar. 11, 2021
Graduation: Apr. 8, 2021
Applications Due: Jan. 8, 2021
Executive Leadership: Mar. 4, 2021
Building a Service Culture: Apr. 1, 2021
Leading Organizational Change: May 6, 2021
Creating a Coaching Culture: June 3, 2021
Effective Governance and Team Dynamics: July 8, 2021
Enterprise Communication: Aug. 5, 2021
Measuring Success: Sept. 2, 2021
Graduation: Oct. 7, 2021
The $ 4,929 program fee includes:
4.9 continuing education units
Course materials (digital)
Leadership Practices Inventory assessments
Graduation celebration with program sponsors
Certificate of Participation
There are no provisions for auditing this program at this time.
Upon acceptance to Leadership for the Government Executive,
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.
This was one of the best management development programs I have
ever taken. Absolutely worth the time and work!
Eric Mandell, Department of General Services •
LGE Cohort 5 Alumni
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.
J. Clark Kelso
Federal Receiver, California Prison Healthcare Receivership
William C. Bush
Director, California Department of General Services (Retired
David A. Gilb
Director, Department of Personnel Administration (Retired
Leadership for the Government Executive (LGE) reached a milestone
in 2017 by celebrating its 25th cohort graduation. Steve Taketa,
bureau chief in the California State Controller’s Office, was
among the graduates and credits LGE for making him a better boss.
George Lolas began his 26-year state service career in 1987,
shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Business
Administration from San Francisco State University. Throughout
his rise to leadership he served in accounting, auditing and
performance measurement positions before becoming the assistant
chief for local operations for the California State Controller’s
Office Division of Accounting and Reporting.
As chief deputy director for the California Department of Health
Care Services (DHCS), Karen Johnson is one of the highest-ranking
health care officials in California.
She enrolled in Sacramento State’s Leadership for the Government
Executive (LGE) program to challenge herself and advance as a
leader to make a difference. “I have a strong work ethic and I’m
a results-oriented person so I needed the tools that could help
me lead change successfully in a large organization,” she says.