Develop Strong Leaders

Our Goal

Career and political leaders are prepared to deliver results by building strong teams, driving innovation and working across boundaries.

The Challenge

Leadership is the most important factor influencing federal employee satisfaction, commitment and, ultimately, government performance. Today’s government leaders are being asked to reimagine operations, function with fewer resources and continually find new ways to tackle complex challenges.

It is important that we have an agile workforce that can work across boundaries and collaborate to meet our government’s most pressing issues, yet many leaders are unprepared for the demands they face.

Our government also needs to develop a pipeline of future leaders, particularly as more members of the Senior Executive Service become eligible to retire.

The Opportunity

Today’s federal leaders need to be mission-driven, creative problem-solvers who are prepared to manage a workforce of 2.1 million employees. By strengthening leadership skills at all levels, we can change the culture of government and enable leaders to empower their employees, measure progress, hold people accountable and deliver results.

Our Work in Action

Our leadership programs prepare federal leaders to deliver results by building strong teams, creating a culture of innovation and working across boundaries. Mirroring the best, most effective practices across sectors, our leadership programs provide a combination of coursework, collaborative projects, executive and team coaching, as well as site visits to some of our nation’s most respected organizations.

To accelerate the ability of new political appointees to lead  in federal government, we developed our Ready to Govern program for the top 300 to 400 appointees. It brings new appointees together for interactive sessions focused on ethics, the federal budget, working with career employees and other important topics.

We also are collaborating with agencies to design tailored programs to strengthen their leaders and improve organizational effectiveness, including a joint effort to transform the cultures of the departments of Education and Labor by bolstering leadership at all levels.

Every year, our programs strengthen nearly 3,000 leaders solving national challenges and 98 percent report using lessons learned to become more effective leaders. According to their supervisors and direct reports—who evaluate participants’ leadership competencies on a five-point scale before and after the program—participants improve a full point.

Since we began our work at the Department of Education in 2010, its Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® scores for supervisors increased 7.7 percent, even while government-wide scores have declined. In fact, the department was the most improved mid-sized agency in 2013.



Call to Serve Webinar: Who’s Hiring in Government?
January 27

In this webinar, participants will discuss the the state of the federal job market and learn how to help students build a federal resume and navigate the hiring process.

Ready to Govern, Succeeding with Execution: Driving Results and Accountability
January 27
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Employee Engagement Online Training Series
January 29, February 5 and February 12

These online training sessions provide frontline supervisors and managers with research-supported, actionable steps to improve employee engagement through appreciation, communication and empowerment.

Go Government Webinar Series
February 10, February 24 and March 3

Our job seeker-focused webinars are designed for career services professionals to share with students and alumni looking for federal opportunities.

Mission-Critical Occupations: Build Your Agency Talent Pipeline
February 18

Join the Partnership for Public Service, TMP Government and DICE for an interactive workshop that will provide participants with tools and information needed to compete for mission-critical talent.

Action Planning Facilitation Training
February 25–26

This two-day training provides instruction on the foundations of action planning to address Best Places to Work and Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results within agencies or federal offices.

Partnership Leadership Seminar: Driving Innovation
April 2–3

This two-day seminar develops participants’ leadership skills and helps federal agencies build the long-term, in-house capacity to innovate and solve management problems.



In the News / January 22, 2015
U.S. Looks to reshape media image abroad

In the News / January 21, 2015
Fed Coach: Leading in the last two years of an administration

In the News / January 13, 2015
Interview: John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service


Congressional Testimony / May 06, 2014
A More Efficient and Effective Government: Cultivating the Federal Workforce

Publication / April 23, 2014
2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Analysis: Innovation

Publication / April 10, 2014
2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Analysis: Staff/Manager Alignment


Excellence in Government Fellows

The Partnership’s Excellence in Government Fellows program is tailored to the leadership needs of senior-level public servants. It combines the best in leadership coursework, interactive projects, networking and executive coaching over several sessions throughout the year. It also meets the interagency training requirements for OPM-approved candidate development programs.

Applications are open for the Spring 2015 program.

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Custom Leadership Programs

Agencies face unique workforce challenges and have differing leadership development needs. The Partnership will build a custom, mission-driven program tailored to an agency’s needs. We have a team of skilled facilitators and coaches who have extensive experience working with employees and senior executives across government to address enterprise-wide challenges. The Partnership provides a full spectrum of services including data analysis, action planning, seminars, year-long leadership programs, executive education and training, assessments and coaching, and team building and facilitation.

For more information about our custom programs, contact Catie Hargrove at

Ready to Govern

The Ready to Govern program is designed to improve the transition from one presidential administration to the next, as well as prepare political appointees to effectively manage and lead at their agencies. It includes publications, resources, onboarding and education services and related activities, all designed to ensure smooth transitions of power and accelerate appointees’ positive impact on government.

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Strategic Advisors to Government Executives (SAGE)

The Strategic Advisors to Government Executives, or SAGE, program connects senior-level executives in government with their predecessors and private-sector counterparts. SAGEs share knowledge, ideas and best practices to help federal C-suite executives transform government and improve its performance.

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Federal Human Capital Collaborative

The Federal Human Capital Collaborative is designed to create an active community of federal managers and human resources professionals that will identify cross-cutting challenges and work collaboratively and systematically to solve them on behalf of our nation. It convenes member agencies to participate in research, share best practices and devise government-wide strategies to address the challenges identified by our member agencies as most critical.

How to Participate

Emerging HR Leaders Forum

The Emerging HR Leaders Forum is a professional development program for federal human resources practioners seeking to develop the skills and perspective necessary to take on future leadership roles in government. HR emerging leaders learn with, and from, their peers through facilitated dialogues with subject matter experts and challenging team projects. The Emerging HR Leaders Forum helps HR professionals move beyond technical expertise to develop leadership potential.

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Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program

The Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program is a year-long professional development program focused on strengthening the leadership skills of federal acquisition leaders. The acquisition-focused curriculum of innovative coursework, peer collaboration, real-world case study analysis and facilitated dialogue with industry leaders will provide participants with practical tools and guidance that can be incorporated back in their agencies.

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Partnership Leadership Seminars

With a focus on the practical application of classroom lessons, our two-day Partnership Leadership Seminars develop participants’ leadership skills and help federal agencies build the long-term, in-house capacity to innovate and solve management problems.

Registration is open for the 2015 seminars.

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Leadership Alumni Network

The Partnership’s Leadership Alumni Network provides a meaningful way for our program graduates to continue personal and professional development. With more than 4,000 members, the Leadership Alumni Network is a community committed to excellence in government through ongoing learning and knowledge sharing.

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