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The Federal Coach: Young and in Government

How can young leaders provide more support to their agencies without being in senior-level management positions?Federal Supervisors (GS-14), Environmental Protection Agency

This question reflects the can-do attitude and energetic approach that we need in government.

Here’s the good news. Smart, senior leaders will be looking for people like you given the ever-expanding mission demands, the decreasing budgets and the increasing pace of change.

Here’s the challenge. How do you make the connection with senior leaders?

There is no single answer, but there are several efforts you can take.

First, I would recommend that you think about the interests and the talents you might bring to solving any problem. Are you interested in finding new, less costly ways of performing your agency’s work? Do you want to help your senior leaders make smart cuts? Do you have any experience in process improvement and reengineering? Have you done budgeting in your agency, other agencies or other organizations?

Next, you should have a conversation with your direct supervisor about your interest and ideas in supporting the agency right now. Your supervisor should be aware of any ongoing or planned efforts to address agency challenges, and can outline those efforts for you and make some suggestions for outreach to different executives or agency working groups. Your supervisor also might have some ideas for things you can do to support the team.

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Nateria Dickey

Great information. Just what I needed today! A little boost to keep my energy up and keep looking in the direction of progress, innovation and change! Thanks!