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 curriculum withing the Center for Presidential Transition. 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.


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EVENTS

Informational Webinar: Excellence in Government Fellows Program Application
August 24

Are you trying to decide if the Partnership for Public Service’s Excellence in Government Fellows Program is right for you? Join us online to learn more about the program’s benefits and what you can expect as an EIG participant. We will also share helpful hints for completing your application and will conclude with a Q&A session.

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Employee Engagement Online Training Series
August 30, 31 and September 1

The Partnership’s Employee Engagement training sessions are designed to provide frontline supervisors and managers with research-supported, actionable steps to help improve employee engagement.

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Informational Webinar: Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program
September 1

If you’re interested in applying for the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program, one of the Partnership for Public Service’s leadership development opportunities customized for federal employees, register for our upcoming webinar on September 1. We’ll discuss the program’s goals, benefits, application procedures and more.

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Managing the Tensions Between Innovation and Risk
September 1

Managing the tensions between the strong desire to be creative and the natural aversion to taking risks is challenging for all organizations. Join us for a discussion on how federal agencies can develop risk-smart cultures that foster innovation and manage vulnerabilities.

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How a Case for Change Can Help Your Agency Transition to Shared Services
September 7

While implementing a shared services model is a daunting task, there are undeniable benefits that make the endeavor worthwhile for any agency. Please joinus for a workshop exploring the benefits of implementing shared services.

This event is intended for a federal audience

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Walking the Line: Inspectors General Balancing Independence and Impact
September 8

Join us for a discussion about the findings and recommendations of our new report, “Walking the Line: Inspectors General Balancing Independence and Impact.” A panel of experts will also discuss the role of IGs and how they can help improve agency operations through effective oversight.

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Discussion on the Next Administration’s Management Priorities
September 13

Join us for the release of “Making Government Work for the American People: A Management Roadmap for the New Administration.” Partnership for Public Service President and CEO Max Stier will host a conversation with experts, including former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, on the importance of a strong management agenda for the next administration.

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Live stream: 2016 Service to America Medals Gala
September 20

On September 20, the Partnership for Public Service will announce our 15th annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals honorees, including our second annual People’s Choice award winner. Join us online as we stream this year’s “Oscars of government service” live from Washington, DC.

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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

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. It also meets the interagency training requirements for OPM-approved candidate development programs.

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2016–2017 Program. Learn More

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 Catie Hargrove at chargrove@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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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 Fall 2016–2017 Program. Learn More


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 our upcoming session.

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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.

We are now accepting applications for 2016–2017 Program.

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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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Emerging HR Leaders Forum
FOR GS-9 through GS-14 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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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

Executive Master Class
FOR GS-15 ASPIRING SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE MEMBERS

The Partnership’s Executive Master Class helps prepare aspiring leaders for the Senior Executive Service. Over the course of four months, the program will reinforce Executive Core Qualification knowledge and addresses challenges unique to government leadership through illustration and application.

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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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