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.



Action Planning Facilitation Training
October 25–26

Our 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.

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Building a Culture of Trust
October 27

Join the Partnership for Public Service and FranklinCovey in an interactive discussion titled “Building a Culture of Trust.” Participants will hear from the experts at FranklinCovey while they discuss the value of trust in organizations and introduce the framework for creating change.

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Employee Engagement Online Training Series
November 1, 2 and 3

These training sessions are designed to provide frontline supervisors and managers with research-supported, actionable steps to help improve employee engagement.

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5 Languages of Appreciation
November 16

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.

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Call to Serve Agency Webinar Series
October 18, November 1, 15 and 29, December 13

This series of 5 webinars will demystify non-competitive hiring authorities targeting key demographics of potential candidates.

Call to Serve Events for Colleges and Universities

Federal Advisor Training Series: Level I

November 2, 9 and 16

This series of webinars helps college and university advisors gain a better understanding of the federal hiring process.

Federal Advisor Training Series: Level II

December 7 and February 1

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.

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In the News / October 10, 2016
Veterans preference in federal hiring: Is it too strong?

In the News / October 04, 2016
Federal hiring remains a work in progress after many fixes

In the News / October 03, 2016
How the presidential transition process has evolved over time


Research and Publications / June 23, 2016
Partnership for Public Service 2015 Annual Report

Research and Publications / June 21, 2016
A Pivotal Moment for the Senior Executive Service: Measures, aspirational practices and stories of success

Research and Publications / May 11, 2016
2015 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® Analysis: Employee Job and Workplace Satisfaction in the Law Enforcement Community


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.

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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

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

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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Delivering Outcomes with Communities

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

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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Federal Financial Leaders Program

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

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)

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

Executive Master Class

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

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

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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