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Driving Government Performance is designed for senior executives with the explicit operational responsibility for producing results and improving performance in public agencies. This program recruits high-impact leaders who have a subtle appreciation for the nuances of organizational and human behavior as well as the management skills necessary to put the ideas and philosophy of performance leadership into action.

Recommended applicants include:

  • Senior public executives serving in U.S. federal, state, and local governments
  • Leaders in nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations that deliver public services
  • Senior executives from outside of the U.S.*

*For international applicants, please note that the cases used to illustrate the principles of performance leadership come from experiences in the U.S.

Other public officials may find the leadership concepts and performance principles useful in their current position. Such officials include: political assistants to elected executives who seek to understand the strategies that they can employ to help the agencies in their jurisdiction to ratchet up their performance; legislators who seek to develop new approaches that the legislative branch can utilize to help improve the performance of individual agencies. These officials should recognize, however, that the curriculum has been created to address the strategic challenges facing senior executives who have the moral and political obligation to exercise the leadership necessary to produce real results.