Featured June 17, 2019 A new standard for government leaders Back to Blog Public Service Leadership Model: Quick links resource guide Date August 9, 2019 | Updated on June 2, 2022 Authors David Brownstein Tags Leadership and Collaboration To become a stronger leader, start with daily tasks Most people have two kinds of lists. The first is a daily to-do list filled with urgent and time-sensitive tasks. The other I like to call a would-be-great-if-I-ever-get-around-to-it list. Too often, the task of “develop my leadership skills” falls on the latter. So how do you turn intention into action? First, you need to set small, specific and attainable goals. You don’t train for a marathon by running the full 26.2 miles right away—you start with shorter runs, increasing your distance over time. The same goes for becoming a stronger leader. You need to break down that ultimate goal into smaller steps. The Partnership’s Public Service Leadership Model is a guide for making progress along your leadership journey. To get started, review the model to understand the fundamental competencies of federal leaders (becoming self-aware, engaging others, leading change and achieving results). Check out the resources below for tips on how you can work on strengthening these skills every day. By breaking into bite-size pieces how you can become an effective leader, you can move “develop my leadership skills” onto your daily to-do list sooner than you thought possible. Becoming self-aware A good first step in the leadership journey is to understand yourself. Identify the values and motivations that guide your thought processes and decisions. Getting to know yourself will help you interact and work with others. Resources: Harvard Business Review: Emotional intelligence explainer videoAssociation for Talent Development: Effective leadership starts with self-awarenessThe Economist: Why integrity remains one of the top leadership attributes Government success stories (Service to America Medals honorees): Sharon Bryson, 2011, Career Achievement: Providing assistance and comfort to traumatized survivors and family members of those killed in aircraft accidents and other transportation disasters. Engaging others Humans are social animals. Understanding how to work together and make connections will help you develop leadership behaviors that people will respect, trust and follow. Resources: Ted Talk (video), Amy Edmondson: Building a psychologically safe workplaceEntrepreneur: 10 simple ways to build a collaborative, successful work environmentInc.: 6 questions that reveal if you are an inclusive leaderPartnership for Public Service: Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings Government success stories (Sammies honorees): T. Allan Comp, 2009, Science and Environment: Building a network of volunteers to revitalize communities to repair decades of environmental degradation. Leading change Contribute to change initiatives and take an active role in finding solutions. Support others through change and enable programs, departments and agencies to adapt and evolve. Resources: Center for Creative Leadership: 4 keys to strengthen your ability to influence othersTed Talk (video), Natalie Fratto: 3 ways to measure your adaptability—and how to improve it Society for Human Resource Management: How to grow your career by embracing risk Government success stories (Sammies honorees): Courtney Lias, Stayce Beck and the FDA Artificial Pancreas Team, 2017, Management Excellence: Paving the way for the first artificial pancreas device to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Achieving results See tasks and projects through to completion. Use tools, resources and past experiences to deliver outcomes that have meaningful impact. Resources: Forbes: The eight great accountability skills for business successTech eHow: Why all business managers need to be tech savvyPartnership for Public Service: Customer experience: Mission delivery relies on strong customer service Government success stories (Sammies honorees): Susan Kelly and the DOD Transition to Veterans Program Office, 2015, Management Excellence: Enhancing preparation for service member’s transition to civilian life. David Brownstein designs and facilitates leadership development sessions and retreats for the Public Service Leadership Institute (PSLI). He is a certified executive leadership coach and is passionate about fostering positive organizational culture by developing strong leaders at all levels.