From NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic graduated 30 employees from its 2015 Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) class on September 25 at Naval Station Norfolk.
The ELP program is a competitive six-month course designed to develop and improve management and leadership competencies of general schedule and wage grade federal employees.
Capt. J. Pat Rios, commanding officer, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic personally presented certificates to each participant, offering the graduates advice on how that might apply newly acquired leadership skills to work.
He stressed the importance of listening skills and having the ability to ask questions when seeking to fully communicate. Understanding different leadership styles is paramount to success because "not every single job requires the same set of tools," said Rios.
Rios noted that Mid-Atlantic is the largest command within the NAVFAC enterprise and urged the graduates to set the standard, challenging "Now go out into the organization and drive change!"
The ELP began at NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic in 2010 and was designed to help motivated employees take the next step in their careers. The multi-faceted curriculum is spread over three one-week sessions, held at the command's headquarters in Norfolk, with the students performing various assignments on their own to complete the rest of the program. The format allows the students to immediately apply what they learn in the classroom.
Over the course of the six months, these professionals studied how to manage conflict, leading with emotional intelligence, personal wellness and building team satisfaction, as well as personal and team development. They also benefited from interaction with command leadership, with presentations given by business and support line leaders and deputy public works officers.
According to Linda Wilkinson, human resources specialist from the NAVFAC Atlantic human resources workforce development office, "Through this valuable program, I have witnessed each cadre member grow-both personally and professionally. Eager to get results, they are putting what they have learned into action."
The next Mid-Atlantic Emerging Leadership Program will be announced at the beginning of 2016.