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Public Sector Leadership

Public Sector Leadership

International Challenges and Perspectives

Edited by Jeffrey A. Raffel, Peter Leisink and Anthony E. Middlebrooks

The authors of this book define the issues facing public authorities and organizations in a range of developed nations as they address the challenges of the 21st century. They examine an array of ways leaders across these nations are addressing these challenges. The result is a comprehensive analysis of ways to improve leadership in the public sector and of the role of political and administrative leaders in shaping the future of the public sector. The overriding question addressed by this volume is how public leadership across the globe addresses new challenges (e.g., security, financial, demographic), new expectations of leaders (e.g., New Public Management, multi-sector service provision), and what leadership means in the new public sector.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Jeffrey A. Raffel, Peter Leisink and Anthony E. Middlebrooks

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies, public management, politics and public policy, leadership, public administration and management, public policy


Jeffrey A. Raffel, Peter Leisink and Anthony E. Middlebrooks The need for public sector leadership is greater than ever before. There are many substantive and process challenges today and they are new, complex and dynamic. Challenges – such as those posed by global warming, the credit crisis in the world’s financial system and threats to public health and security – span and interconnect boundaries, crossing levels of government, sectors, communities and nations. As a result the importance of effective public sector leadership is multiplied, impacting millions of people. Thus there is both a broader recognition of the need and higher expectations for effective public sector leadership. Will we have the public sector leadership we need for the twenty-first century? This book examines the changing nature of public sector leadership, drawing on a diversity of perspectives that enhance our understanding of the new facets embedded in the challenges as well as the potential visions of excellence. The insightful chapters in this volume offer perspectives as a means of changing the way we conceptualize leadership, the conditions for both effective leadership within the public sector and collaboration among public, private and civic organizations, and most importantly the way we envision training the next generation of leaders. The challenges are many. This work provides the scholarly foundation to appreciate these challenges and hopes to contribute to meeting them. Noted author and educator Michael Dickmann would often start strategic planning with an organization by posing the question, ‘What would we be doing if what we were...