Leadership for the Government Supervisor

Certificate Sacramento5 months

Leadership for the Government Supervisor


PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, due to COVID-19, LGS Cohorts will be delivered online through Zoom.

Successful government supervisors will be individuals who can embrace and implement transformation and build cross-functional interagency relationships. Leadership for the Government Supervisor challenges senior-level supervisors to supervise across generations, collaboratively solve problems, resolve conflict, foster a service culture mindset, and motivate individuals to engage in organizational change efforts. The program also addresses their role in key challenges such as workforce development and succession planning.

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.

The LGS program is an excellent program, the instructors are well prepared, materials were appropriate, and the pace was good. I strongly recommend that all supervisors and managers take this program to learn the tools needed to become better leaders in the workplace.

Griselda Ballesteros, Department of Fair Housing and Employment • LGS Cohort 4 Alumni


Leadership for the Government Supervisor is a certificate program for senior-level supervisors in city, county, state and federal government with responsibility for staff, programs, and projects. Participants represent the business and program branches of agencies or departments as well as the information technology programs.

Delivery Model

PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, due to COVID-19, LGS Cohorts will be delivered online through Zoom.

Leadership for the Government Supervisor is a forward-thinking departure from traditional “day in a desk” training. Using individual development plans, group discussions, expert speakers, case studies, and participant-submitted projects, the classroom becomes an experiential laboratory in which senior-level supervisors address real world problems with realistic solutions. Leadership for the Government Supervisor consists of eight required courses for a total of 5.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Guest Speakers

Distinguished public and private sector managers and supervisors make a significant contribution to the program by discussing their challenges and best practices.


Until further notice, due to COVID-19, LGS course sessions will meet online, through Zoom, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cohort 17      

Applications Due: July 31, 2020

Supervisor as a Leader, Sept. 23, 2020

Essentials of Talent Management, Oct. 21, 2020

Talent Development Strategies, Oct. 22, 2020

Introduction to Organizational Change, Nov. 18, 2020

Organizational Change Applications, Nov. 19, 2020

Decision Making for Supervisors, Dec. 9, 2020

Effective Interpersonal Communication, Jan. 27, 2021

Advanced Supervisory and Development & Graduation, Jan. 28, 2021


Cohort 18

Applications Due: Nov. 23, 2020

Supervisor as a Leader, Feb. 24, 2021

Introduction to Organizational Change, Apr. 1, 2021

Organizational Change Applications, Apr. 2, 2021

Essentials of Talent Management, Apr. 28, 2021

Talent Development Strategies, Apr. 29, 2021

Decision Making for Supervisors, May 19, 2021

Effective Interpersonal Communication, June 16, 2021

Advanced Supervisory and Development & Graduation, June 17, 2021


The $3,329 program fee includes

  • 5.6 continuing education units
  • Course materials (digital)
  • Pre-program SKILLSCOPE assessments
  • Coaching
  • Graduation celebration with sponsors
  • Certificate of Participation

There are no provisions for auditing this program at this time.


Upon acceptance to Leadership for the Government Supervisor, participants will be asked to complete a 360 degree assessment called SKILLSCOPE. SKILLSCOPE is based on extensive research conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) about the specific skills needed to be effective as a manager. 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.

Advisory Partners

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)