It's an unprecedented time in U.S. history: the number of federal leaders and managers who will retire in the next several years will exceed the number of qualified candidates ready to replace them, according to the Partnership for Public Service. While this statistic is not unique to the federal sector, the quality of the federal government's leadership bench significantly lags that of the private sector. In fact, employees in the federal sector are twice as likely as their counterparts in private industry to report that their supervisors do not have the leadership skills needed to do their jobs effectively. If our federal government does not work to remedy this crisis, its performance will suffer dramatically.
Coaching and developing leaders is certainly part of the solution. Another factor is instituting an acquisition plan designed to hire talented individuals now that have potential for managerial positions later. In this webcast, we will hear from Tom Fox, Director of the Partnership for Public Service Annenberg Leadership Institute, on the subject of hiring and developing our nation's next leaders.