Leadership for the Government Executive

Certificate Sacramento7 months

Leadership for the Government Executive


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 titles.

Delivery Model

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 program delivery.

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. 

Cohort 35

Applications Due: Friday, July 23, 2021

Executive Leadership: Sept. 9, 2021

Building a Service Culture: Oct. 14, 2021

Leading Organizational Change: Nov. 4, 2021

Enterprise Communication: Dec. 2, 2021

Effective Governance and Team Dynamics: Jan. 6, 2022

Creating a Coaching Culture: Feb. 3, 2022

Measuring Success: Mar. 10, 2022

Graduation: Apr. 7, 2022


Cohort 36

Applications Due: Jan. 7, 2022

Executive Leadership: Mar. 3, 2022

Building a Service Culture: Apr. 1, 2022

Leading Organizational Change: May 5, 2022

Enterprise Communication: June 2, 2022

Effective Governance and Team Dynamics: July 7, 2022

Creating a Coaching Culture: Aug. 4, 2022

Measuring Success: Sept. 1, 2022

Graduation: Oct. 6, 2022

Fees/ Commitment

The $ 4,929 program fee includes:

  • 4.9 continuing education units
  • Course materials (digital)
  • Leadership Practices Inventory assessments
  • Coaching
  • 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.

Founding Sponsors

  • J. Clark Kelso
    Federal Receiver, California Prison Healthcare Receivership
  • William C. Bush
    Director, California Department of General Services (Retired October 2009)
  • David A. Gilb
    Director, Department of Personnel Administration (Retired September 2009)
Student Success Story
Steve Taketa

Steve Taketa
Leadership for the Government Executive

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.

He shares his experience in this video.

Student Success Story

George Lolas
Leadership for the Government Executive

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.

Student Success Story

Karen Johnson
Leadership for the Government Executive

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.