International Challenges and Perspectives
Edited by Jeffrey A. Raffel, Peter Leisink and Anthony E. Middlebrooks
I am pleased to provide a foreword to Public Sector Leadership, for I think this book responds to several extremely significant questions facing public management scholarship and practice today. Central among these is the importance of providing adequate leadership in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Most people would agree that, more than ever before, we need strong and effective leadership, both because there are things we need to accomplish and because we need to understand where we are going. In many ways, it seems, our lives are spinning out of control. The massive forces of globalization, political realignment and international terror seem to be overwhelming. Corporations, public organizations and non-profits seem to exist in a world of complexity and turbulence far more frenzied than we have experienced before. Even in our personal world the struggle to give our individual lives focus, to sort out the complexities of family life and social relationships and to cope with jobs, technology and information overload bear down upon us daily. These conditions make it terribly difficult to get things done. For example, in the business world, economic conditions are moving so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. Markets are shifting overnight, corporations struggle to manage the flood of information that’s available and changes in technology are both rapid and remarkable, in either case calling for quick and accurate responses. Under these conditions the key to corporate survival is to be creative, adaptable and flexible enough to not only cope with changes in...