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Program Overview

The South Carolina Department of Administration is excited to offer a new cohort program, LeadSC. The program is designed for staff who have been employed with the state at least one year but no more than five.

LeadSC provides emerging leaders in state government with the knowledge and skills to be successful, while fostering a desire to create a career within state government. Program participants will gain a better understanding of the executive level functions of state government, as well as how they can set themselves and others up to excel within their organizations.

To learn more about this program and the participant experience, please watch this short video.

Program Competencies

The four competencies described below are the foundation for the LeadSC program. All courses and self-paced assignments are designed to connect to one or more competency.

  • Organizational Comprehension — understanding state government’s organizational structure and how each agency functions in that hierarchy.
  • Governance Perspective — learning the legal and regulatory environments impacting state government.
  • Strategic Thinking — broadening participant mindsets to be more strategic and goal-oriented.
  • Self-Development — identifying and building on individual strengths.

The program overview handout shows how each course connects back to these competencies.

Participant Requirements

Program Qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Be a state government employee that has been with the state less than five years.
  • Have been in their position at least one year.
  • Be identified by their agency leadership as an emerging leader.
  • Have a working knowledge of how their agency operates.

Attendance Requirements

By applying for this program, participants agree to:

  • Attend all program courses.
  • Fully participate in all program components.
  • Complete all assignments between classes.
  • Meet with executive level staff in their agency.

Program Schedule

2023-2024 LeadSC Program Schedule

Application Information

The application process for the 2023-2024 LeadSC Program is now open. Applications will be accepted until May 30, 2023. Click here to download the application.


There is no cost to participate in this program.

Contact Information

For questions about this program, please contact Sara Warren, Assistant State Director for Learning and Organizational Development.