Leadership in Government
- Building the Relationships that Make Government Work
- Creating Leadership for the Twenty-First
Century, by Bob Behn
- The Leadership Dilemma
in a Democratic Society: Re-energizing the Practice of Leadership for the Public
Good, by the Public Sector Consortium
- Building the Leadership Bench: Developing a Talent Pipeline for the Senior Executive Service
Report by the Partership for Public Service
- Growing Leaders for the Public Service, by Ray Blunt
Report for the IBM Endowment for the Business of Government
- Preparing the Next Generation: A Guide for Current and Future Local Government Managers
Superb resource from the Internation City/County Managers Association (ICMA).
- Organizations that Promote Effective Leadership in Government
- (Mostly) Free Magazines and Newsletters for Public Managers
The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Work
The Trusted Leader starts with the premise that building trust and relationships at every level (i.e. between career public managers and political appointees, front-line employees, personnel from other agencies, members of Congress, private citizens) is a necessary pre-condition for effective government. The authors assert that high-level efforts to dictate or legislate reform usually fall short because of inattention to these trust and relationship issues (see excerpt). Includes superb chapters discussing values-based leadership, self-awareness, team building, collaboration, working with Congress and much more. Many of the chapters were written by leadership experts with decades of experience teaching at the Federal Executive Institute, so they have a deep understanding of the challenges we face leading in the public service. This is an invaluable resource for practitioners of public sector leadership. Read More...
The Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public LeadershipThis book is an incredible resource for public managers. It includes a collection of more than 30 classic articles, essays, and book chapters by leadership experts such as John Gardner ("The Task of Leadership"), Larry Spears ("Practicing Servant Leadership"), Ray Blunt ("How Leaders are Grown"), Edgar Schein ("The Learning Leader as Culture Manager"), and Kouzes & Posner ("Enlist Others: Attracting People to Common Purposes"). Also includes essays by authors such as Max DePree, Bob Behn, Bill George, Warren Bennis, Joseph Nye, and Barbara Kellerman. The essays cover a wide range of topics, including theories of leadership for the public sector to the skills required, and the types of leadership we will need in the future. Read More...
Leading Across Boundaries: Creating Collaborative Agencies in a Networked WorldLeading Across Boundaries is an indispensable handbook for any government manager who needs to work across organizational lines to get things done. (Yes, that covers most of us.) In this practical and very readable book, Russ Linden provides leaders with a self-assessment to determine where to focus their skill development effort and then outlines a framework collaboration that is highly actionable. He also discusses the many factors that can motivate others to collaborate--or not. Includes a terrific worksheet for developing a game plan for collaborative projects. Read Chapter 1 of this book. Read More...
Transforming Public Leadership for the 21st Century
How to Manage in the Public SectorThis classic book was published in 1983 but it is still highly relevant today. Gordon Chase was an exceptionally effective public manager who inspired many through both his example and his teaching at the Kennedy School of Government. This book was published posthumously and is drawn from a manuscript and other notes he left behind. Includes lots of insightful and practical advice about how to deal with elected officials, their staffers, community groups, and the media. Read More...
The Bureaucratic Entrepreneur: How to Be Effective in an Unruly OrganizationThe Bureaucratic Entrepreneur is a well-written and superbly organized guide on how to be effective in government. It is packed with practical advice on how to manage up, down and laterally within an organization, as well as how to work effectively with external actors like Congress, the media, and interest groups. Although some sections seem to talk more to political appointees, most of Haass's advice is relevant for any government employee who wants to get things done. Highly recommended. Read more...