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The Key Executive Leadership Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Key Executive Leadership Certificate have transformed good managers into extraordinary leaders for more than 35 years.

Aligned with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), the Key Executive Leadership MPA and Certificate prepares mid-career professionals holding a GS-12 (or above) level or equivalent NGO, private sector, or other leadership experience.

Director's Welcome

Patrick Malone The job of running a democracy is not an easy one, and the implementation of public policy requires extraordinary leadership. Today's challenging environment demands leaders who are willing to: grow a mindset that can make sense of a complex environment; diagnose and change their behavior; inspire those they lead; work and learn collaboratively; overcome barriers to institutional change; act with integrity; facilitate reflective and productive dialogue, think strategically, and implement public policy with pristine skill and fierce resolve. More...

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Key in the Media

Robert Tobias, distinguished practitioner in residence, wrote an article for Government Executive on January 28 arguing that executive core qualifications are not sufficient in building successful federal sector management positions.

Robert Tobias, distinguished practitioner in residence, spoke with Francis Rose on "In Depth" on December 29 about recent proposed changes by President Obama to the Senior Executive Service. 

Events Calendar

February 4
Speaker Series: Leadership
Location: American University, Watkins Building, room 114
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

February 17
Federal Adult Development Community quarterly meeting
Location: American University, Watkins Building
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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