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Tips for becoming a senior government Leader

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 9/03/2016 Tom Fox

For those interested in becoming senior government leaders, the process can be daunting.
It takes time, effort, patience and the development of critical management skills to become an executive in government, but there are steps you can take to better understand the process and requirements, and to increase your chances of success.
Solly Thomas, an experienced former federal executive and one of the coaches for the Partnership for Public Service's leadership training programs, recently hosted a session about making the jump from first-line supervisor or second-line manager to the Senior Executive Service (SES)--the civil servants who hold the top managerial and policy positions in federal agencies.
As a starting point, he advises examining the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) five Executive Core Qualifications. These are "leading change" (the ability to establish and implement an organizational vision), "leading people" (the ability to foster the development of others, manage conflict and facilitate teamwork), "results driven" (the ability to meet organizational goals, solve problems and meet customer expectations), "business acumen" (the ability to strategically manage human, financial and information resources) and "building coalitions" (political savvy, negotiation skills and the ability to work with internal and external partners).
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