Leadership Development

Preparing career and political leaders to deliver results

Leadership is the most important factor influencing federal agency performance and government effectiveness. For government leaders to keep us safe, provide vital services and move the country forward, they need to develop their leadership and management skills.

At the Partnership for Public Service, we help the most promising people in the federal workforce develop into high-functioning leaders. We provide them with resources to solve our government’s most intractable problems, foster collaboration within and across agencies and spearhead innovation throughout government.

Our Programs

Excellence in Government Fellows Program

Federal Employees,GS-14-15

Prepares senior-level federal managers to become effective leaders capable of driving change in their agencies.

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Center for Presidential Transition

Administration and Congress,Federal Employees,Political Appointee,Private Sector

Supports the smooth transfer of power and knowledge during presidential transitions.

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Emerging HR Leaders Forum

Federal Employees,GS-9-12,HR Professionals and Hiring Managers

Enhancing leadership abilities for high-potential HR employees.

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Leadership Excellence for Acquisition Professionals

Federal Employees,GS-12-14

Develops federal acquisition leaders that agencies need to spearhead cost-saving, performance-improving, innovation-driving efforts

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Federal IT Leaders

GS-12-14

Leadership development program to help federal IT professionals manage effectively and drive innovation.

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Strategic Advisors to Government Executives

Former Federal Senior Executives

A network of more than 100 former political and career executives who continue their commitment to public service by sharing their extensive experience and expertise with current federal leaders.

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Federal Human Capital Collaborative

Federal Employees,HR Professionals and Hiring Managers

A community of HR leaders dedicated to solving HR problems and transforming how government works.

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Partnership Leadership Seminars

Federal Employees

Adaptable seminars for agencies looking to develop the leadership skills of their employees.

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Our Work

The Partnership’s leadership programs are more than bullet points on a resume—we prepare our graduates to deliver results by building strong teams, creating a culture of innovation and working across boundaries. We’re only satisfied that we’ve accomplished our mission when our program participants help agencies accomplish theirs.

We also work in partnership with individual agencies to provide more targeted support for their leadership needs. The Department of Labor and the Department of Education are two examples where our custom engagements improved leadership at all levels to drive performance and efficiency. We’ve also provided onboarding training to multiple agencies’ incoming Senior Executive Service members to help them better understand their leadership roles and prepare them to succeed.

Our Results

Over the past decade, more than 15,000 career and politically appointed federal employees from agencies across government have turned to us for leadership development training—and more enlist our services every year. Our program graduates successfully empower individual employees and enhance overall productivity at their agencies.

Program participants learn vital skills to drive immediate change in their agencies, a testament to the 99% of graduates who recommend our programs to their peers and the 98% who say they have applied lessons learned. The improvement shown by program participants on the job isn’t just self-perceived—98% of supervisors report that participants became better leaders after graduating from our programs. Our programs instill lessons that federal leaders rely on for the duration of their careers.