Leadership Development

Preparing career and political leaders to deliver results

Leadership is the most important factor influencing federal agency performance and government effectiveness. Today’s government leaders are asked to reimagine operations, function with fewer resources and find new ways to tackle complex challenges. How can we ensure our leaders are properly equipped to keep us safe, provide vital services and help move the country forward?

At the Partnership for Public Service, we cultivate the leadership skills of the most promising people in the federal workforce. We provide them with resources to solve our government’s most intractable problems, foster collaboration within and across agencies and spearhead innovation throughout government.

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Our Results

Over the past decade, more than 15,000 career and politically appointed federal employees from agencies across government have turned to us for leadership development training—and more enlist our services every year.

Graduates from our programs are capable of empowering individual employees and driving overall productivity at their agencies. They also cultivate personal relationships with leaders at other federal agencies, creating a more unified government that can act as a cohesive enterprise.

Program participants learn vital skills that they can use immediately and rely on for the duration of their careers, a testament to the 99% of graduates who recommend our programs to their peers and the 98% who say they have applied lessons learned. The improvement shown by program participants on the job isn’t just self-perceived—98% of supervisors report that participants became better leaders after graduating from our programs.

Our Work

The Partnership's leadership programs are more than bullet points on a resume—we prepare our graduates to deliver results by building strong teams, creating a culture of innovation and working across boundaries. We’re only satisfied that we’ve accomplished our mission when our program participants help agencies accomplish theirs.

We also work in partnership with individual agencies to provide more targeted support for their leadership needs. The Department of Labor and the Department of Education are two examples where our custom engagements improved leadership at all levels to drive performance and efficiency. We’ve also provided onboarding training to multiple agencies’ incoming Senior Executive Service members to help them better understand their leadership roles and prepare them to succeed.

Our Programs


Excellence in Government Fellows

FOR GS-14 and GS-15 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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.

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2017–2018 Program.

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Custom Leadership Programs

FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES

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 Michelle Amante at mamante@ourpublicservice.org.

Center for Presidential Transition

The Partnership’s Center for Presidential Transition helps ensure the efficient transfer of power that our country deserves. The Center’s Ready to Govern® initiative assists candidates with the transition, works with Congress to reform the transition process, develops management recommendations to address our government’s operational challenges, and trains new political appointees.

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Federal Financial Leaders Program

FOR MID-LEVEL FEDERAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS

The Federal Financial Leaders Program strengthens the leadership, management and business skills of federal financial management professionals through a combination of innovative coursework, peer collaboration, best practice benchmarking and facilitated dialogue with industry leaders.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Program.

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Delivering Outcomes with Communities

FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

The Partnership’s Delivering Outcomes with Communities course provides federal staff from regions and headquarters with new skills and perspectives to improve outcomes for communities. Participants in this unique three-day program will share experiences and learn tactics for assessing the challenges communities face.

We are now accepting applications for the upcoming program.

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Emerging HR Leaders Forum

FOR GS-9 through GS-13 FEDERAL HR PROFESSIONALS

The Emerging HR Leaders Forum is a professional development program for federal human resources practitioners 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

FOR FEDERAL ACQUISITION PROFESSIONALS

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.

We are now accepting applications for the upcoming program.

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Federal IT Leaders Program

FOR HIGH-PERFORMING MID-LEVEL FEDERAL IT PROFESSIONALS

The Federal IT Leaders Program is a professional development program for high-performing mid-level IT leaders. The curriculum provides participants with practical tools and guidance for immediately incorporating lessons about key challenges facing the IT community into their day-to-day work.

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Strategic Advisors to Government Executives (SAGE)

FOR FORMER FEDERAL CxOs

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

FOR FEDERAL HR LEADERS

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

Partnership Leadership Seminars

FOR GS-9 through GS-13 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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.

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Leadership Alumni Network

FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM GRADUATES

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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Excellence in Government Fellows Coaches

Our Excellence in Government Fellows program coaching team is dedicated to helping participants reach their individual and collective leadership goals. Our coaches possess a common set of core qualifications but bring a truly diverse set of backgrounds, global perspectives and training styles to the EIG program.

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