Leadership and Collaboration

Leadership and Collaboration

We believe that good government starts with good people—and that leadership is the most important factor influencing government performance.

But for federal leaders to provide vital services, serve as stewards of the public trust and move the country forward, they need to develop a robust set of skills.

At the Partnership, we equip federal employees at all levels with the knowledge, resources and networks they need to succeed, offering a wide range of leadership development opportunities, fostering continual collaboration within and across agencies, and convening public, private, academic and nonprofit leaders who inform our strategies for developing public service leaders.

Leadership Development: Public Service Leadership Institute®

Leadership is the most important factor influencing our government’s ability to solve challenges and serve the public.

The Public Service Leadership Institute® is the preeminent source of programs, policies and perspectives related to leading in government. Our broad suite of open enrollment and custom agency programs rely on support from a wide array of federal partners and corporate sponsors, build on over a decade’s worth of experience working with federal agencies, teams and employees, and advocate for a single standard of public service leadership through the Public Service Leadership Model.

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About 2 million federal employees work in 15 Cabinet departments and more than 400 independent agencies and subcomponents across government. To maximize their impact, these employees must work together, build cross-agency and cross-sector connections, and find structured time to share best practices.    

Our federal networks build continuity between administrations, equipping political appointees and senior career leaders with key nonpartisan insights and management practices to drive change at their agencies and tackle emerging problems. These networks also include former federal officials and individuals from the private sector invested in uncovering creative ways to make government work better.

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A network that provides a safe environment for assistant secretaries for administration and management and their peer leaders to learn from and support one another as they work to accelerate change in their agencies and across government. Launch year: 2012.

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A bipartisan group of transition experts and stakeholders who work with us to support early and effective transition planning for second-term and new administrations. Launch year: 2016.

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A group of chief diversity officers who learn from and support one another to identify talent practices, develop strategic approaches, and promote a vision for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Launch year: 2021.

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A group of leaders from agencies that engage frequently with the public working to improve customer interactions, share benchmark data and discuss best practices. Launch year: 2015.

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A problem-solving community of agency HR leaders that strives to transform the way government works by strengthening the federal workforce. Launch year: 2009.

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An advisory organization of federal innovation experts that helps to identify ways to overcome barriers to—and highlight positive examples of—innovation in government. Launch year: 2018.

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A network of agency general counsels, chief counsels and their peers who share, learn from and support one another as they resolve critical issues affecting them, their offices and agencies. Launch year: 2018.

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A group of distinguished leaders who have worked across academic, corporate, nonprofit, and civilian and military government sectors. Launch year: 2018.

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A forum for deputy secretaries and select agency heads to learn and work collectively toward driving innovation across government. Launch year: 2009.

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An alumni community dedicated to providing our program graduates with an environment of continual growth and learning through conferences, training opportunities and receptions for alumni to connect with each other and other leaders working in the federal, private and non-profit sectors. Launch year: 2012.

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This initiative convenes senior executives and rising leaders, those who conduct transformative work, to connect with their peers and recognize their impact on our federal government. The program highlights the combination of leadership best practices and modern ways of working that empower government to deliver equitable and impactful services. Launch year: 2024.

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An opportunity for senior federal communicators to share ideas, lessons learned and best practices to encourage storytelling across agencies, share their important work with the public, and change popular perceptions about government. Launch year: 2022.

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A group of experts from the public, private and nonprofit sectors who advise on our research agenda and help us explore new questions, partnerships and opportunities around the theme of government effectiveness. Launch year: 2022.

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A network composed of more than 120 former political and career senior executives in six communities who share their extensive experience and expertise to help federal leaders create and manage a more effective and efficient government. Launch year: 2003.