Executive Leadership Program Graduates 2017 Class
Leaders are valued at NIH and NIH has supported leadership development by offering programs such as the NIH Executive Leadership Program (ExLP). Recently, 20 leaders representing 15 institutes and centers graduated from the 7-month program.
A large number of “top 5” leaders currently are eligible to retire; in order for NIH to continue to accomplish its mission, it is critical that initiatives such as ExLP are designed to develop a cadre of new leaders.
ExLP’s graduation ceremony featured remarks by former NASA administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden as well as Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH principal deputy director; Dr. John J. McGowan, NIAID deputy director for science management; and Dr. Alfred Johnson, NIH acting deputy director for management.
McGowan had strong words about his passion for continuous learning, noting “the world takes no pity on those who get lazy about learning.” He also summed up, “Leadership is not a position, it’s something you do.”
Bolden, describing a great leader’s unbridled curiosity, said, “As a leader, it’s okay to ask questions and not be the smartest in the room. Be the one who’s brave enough to ask a question.”
Bolden also shared his 5 pillars of leadership: Know your strengths, know yourself, do the hard things, ask questions and ask to be challenged.
Tabak encouraged the group with the “3 Cs of leadership,” telling the grads to “contribute, connect and communicate” well beyond the formal end of the ExLP.
For details about the program visit https://trainingcenter.nih.gov/exlp/index.html. Recruitment for the 2018-2019 ExLP will begin in January.