Career and political leaders are prepared to deliver results by building strong teams, driving innovation and working across boundaries.
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.
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 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.
To ensure that the peaceful transfer of power doesn’t interfere with mission-critical agency priorities, many public servants will take on added workloads and new responsibilities. Among them are the senior career executives like you who might be called upon to serve in acting positions during the presidential transition. We are now offering a limited number of spaces in Ready to Act, our half-day program to help you or your executive colleagues prepare for your new roles and what to expect.Learn more
This series includes interactive webinars featuring federal agency representatives as well as a concluding one-on-one strategy session to review key takeaways and develop actionable strategies.Learn more
Digital media experts: join us for a half-day session on how your agency’s communications department can best navigate the digital transition.Learn more
This new training program will provide a deep dive on how managers can use the Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace from Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White to make any workplace environment more encouraging and productive.Learn More
News Release / December 05, 2016
Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post Launch Political Appointee Tracker
In the News / November 10, 2016
Who might be in Donald Trumps cabinet? Plus, more about the transition
In the News / November 07, 2016
Institutionalizing hiring excellence is next new plan to improve federal employment
Research and Publications / November 01, 2016
Seven Smart Strategies to Achieve Policy Success
Research and Publications / September 07, 2016
Walking the Line: Inspectors General Balancing Independence and Impact
Research and Publications / June 23, 2016
Partnership for Public Service 2015 Annual Report
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 Spring 2017–2018 Program.Learn More
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.
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.Visit the Center Website
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.
We are now accepting applications for our upcoming DC-based program and virtual program.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More