Civilian Leadership Development (CLD) follows a structured four-tiered approach to developing civilian leaders. The CLD focuses on deliberate leader development through progressive education and training that aligns with the Department of Defense (DoD) Civilian Leader Development Continuum.

Tier 1: Online Leadership Development Courses

LLI Online Leadership Courses provide independent leadership development studies at your convenience that are aligned with the DoD leadership development competencies. Leadership development online courses are available on MarineNet for Civilian Marines.  


Tier 2: Local Leadership Training Programs

These local area decentralized programs are managed at bases and stations under the auspices and support of Human Resources Development Strategic Advisors (HRDSA's).


Tier 3: LeJeune Leadership Institute Seminars

The Civilian Leadership Development Seminars are three-day courses that focus on individual leadership development concepts. Lead Self and Lead Teams are the seminars that are currently being taught at installations.


Tier 4: Centrally Managed Civilian Leadership Courses

Centrally Managed Civilian Leadership Courses are developmental programs or courses for Civilian Marine employees starting at GS-4 through GS-15 or equivalent grade levels. They are either centrally funded by LeJeune Leadership Institute, DoD, DoN, National Defense University, Office of Civilian Human Resources, individual Command Components or a combination of funding sources.


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Organizations that do not invest in a legitimate and vibrant workforce leader development program are doomed to employee mediocracy at best.  Collins (2001) posits in his book, Good to Great, that great organizations take the steps necessary to develop and celebrate the success of their workforce.  I argue that a way of growing our workforce is to develop their personal and professional knowledge, skills, and experiences to assume positions of greater responsibilities in a manner that makes them competent, confident, and competitive in their rise to positions of influence and impact for their organizations.