The Virginia Public Sector Leader (VPSL) – at all levels – is a leadership development certificate program of Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).

The VPSL is designed with participant professional experience in mind, and addresses state agency-identified needs by utilizing trusted and researched assessment instruments, experienced and degreed human development professionals, and validated program materials. The Curricula includes the following developmental interventions

All VPSL levels share the same 5 core components or “pillars”: Emotional Intelligence, Management Functions, Leadership and Decision-Making, Team Building and Influence, and Strategic Process. However, the learning pillars are addressed in differing approaches, based on participant professional experience. Andrological learning models are deployed using self-directed readings, seminar/lecture settings, and individual presentation-making, and small-group work. Specific agency issues and agency documents are frequently used as part of the program goal: relevancy to the learning partner agency.