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Top : Leadership In Government - Leadership is a challenge in any field, but perhaps it's even more difficult within the public or civil service. In this section we focus on leadership, case studies, etc within the context of government and public service and public sector.


  • Growing Leaders of Character: Q and A with Gene Klann, Author of Building Character By Don Jacobson
    In this Q and A with GovLeaders.org, Gene Klann of the Center for Creative Leadership discusses his recent book Building Character: Strengthening the Heart of Good Leadership. He discusses the importance of stretch assignments and job rotations, and suggests how government agencies can train leaders of character despite shrinking budgets. He also asserts that setting a positive leadership example is "the highest form of leadership" because people tend to imitate the behaviors they see in their leaders. (Added: 30-Jul-2007 Hits: 1189 )
  • On a Mission - How to develop a life mission statement By Ray Blount
    Public service is a high calling. So why don't more of us have a clear picture as to what it is we have been called to do? In his latest column for GovLeaders.org, Ray Blunt walks us through the process of developing a life mission statement. (Added: 30-Jul-2007 Hits: 1048 )
  • The Toughest Choices a Leader Must Make By Ray Blunt
    Ray Blunt describes the three toughest choices a leader must make within the context of being a relatively new leader in government. (Added: 30-Jul-2007 Hits: 1386 )
  • Two Leaders - Two Legacies By Ray Blunt
    One of the most fascinating stories of how leaders are shaped comes to us from the 18th century. The story involves two leaders, an ocean apart, who never met, yet whose lives and purpose in life paralleled each other's in an amazing way. Both men would gain worldwide fame in their day, though today we hardly know the one while we lionize the other man every year. Here is a lesson for today's current and emerging leaders--if we have ears to hear. (Added: 3-Jun-2010 Hits: 651 )
  • Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for and Answer: By Michael Roberto
    Throughout history there have been leaders who made disastrous decisions. In this article, Michael A. Roberto argues that poor decisions are usually caused by poor decision-making processes. One of the most important things a leader can do when he/she needs to make an important decision, he writes, is to "decide how to decide." The process chosen by the leader can have a huge impact on both the quality of the decision and the organization's buy-in when implementing it. Dr. Roberto dispels several myths about how decisions are made in organizations (e.g. "Myth 4: Managers Analyze and Then Decide") and provides some great insights into how leadership styles, cognitive biases and organizational defensive routines can get in the way of effective decision making. This article was published as Chapter 1 of Roberto's terrific book Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer (Added: 30-Jul-2007 Hits: 1068 )

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