Public Service Leadership Institute®

Public Service Leadership Institute®

Welcome to the Public Service Leadership Institute, the preeminent source of public service leadership programs, policies and perspectives.

The institute brings together our many efforts to strengthen public service leadership, bolstering our more than a decade’s worth of expertise in developing public service leaders who work to build a better government and a stronger democracy.

We recognize that good leaders—working at all levels of the federal workforce—are fundamental to our government’s ability to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. In a world of complex problems, they spark innovation and drive systemic change, act as stewards of vital public resources, empower employee success, ensure that agencies meet the needs of those they serve and more. These factors are critical to our vision of a dynamic and innovative federal government—led by public service leaders of integrity—that effectively serves our diverse nation.

The institute is also home to the Public Service Leadership Model and guided by our Government Leadership Advisory Council.

Read the Council’s letter on why the Institute matters

What We Do

Unify around a single standard of public service leadership

Through policy and legislative recommendations, along with templates for agency adoption, we aim to codify the Public Service Leadership Model as the standard for effective federal leadership and take a whole-of-government approach to building better leaders. 

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Develop effective leaders

Our world-class training programs and custom offerings, with tools unique to public service, support all federal leaders—from aspiring supervisors to senior executives and political appointees. For more than a decade, our programs have helped public service leaders strengthen their organizations and serve as stewards of public trust. We aim to increase the performance and accountability of these leaders, as measured by employee engagement, customer experience and public trust in government.

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Amplify the importance of public service leadership

We focus on effective public service leadership by conducting research, issuing commentary and convening leaders who work across different sectors.

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Upcoming Events

Leading Beyond Boundaries The Senior Executives Association (SEA) and the Partnership for Public Service are excited to welcome you to the 2024 Senior Executive Leadership Summit: Leading Beyond Boundaries taking place February 13-15, 2024, both in person and virtually in Washington, DC. As the premier annual conference on public service leadership, the summit will inspire, develop and…
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Government Leadership Advisory Council

The Government Leadership Advisory Council helps us equip federal leaders with the knowledge, tools and relationships they need to succeed. The council is composed of leaders who have worked across sectors and offer a unique perspective on leadership in government, including former Fortune 500 CEOs, eminent academic scholars and former Cabinet secretaries. 

The council helped create our leadership development strategy and advised the Partnership on the development and integration of our Public Service Leadership Model. Our council members often share their expert recommendations to help leaders overcome their management challenges. 

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Photos: Leaders from the Excellence in Government program learn about the country’s values on a monuments tour as they explore their own stewardship of public trust and commitment to public good.