Public Sector Leadership
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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.
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Chapter 20: Conclusion

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


Jeffrey A. Raffel, Peter Leisink and Anthony E. Middlebrooks The challenges facing public sector leaders continue to grow in complexity and consequence. Every challenge seems bounded by its own unique context and flooded with dynamic and often ambiguous variables, leaving the public sector leader to choose between many decisions and directions. The 18 contributions in this volume address a number of current issues and challenges, providing a sample of significant work for both public sector leaders and researchers. Author Anaïs Nin1 notes, ‘There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.’ And indeed each of the 18 contributions have their individual integrity; collectively, however, they offer conclusions about the state of this field, particularly the challenges facing leaders today, the responses to those challenges and the state of research in the field. CONTRIBUTIONS The contributions in Part I of the book address the broader question of how the nature of public sector leadership is changing, particularly given the current challenges which leaders must face, and highlight the conflicting values that must be confronted. Marcussen describes the substantial reforms undertaken in central banking over recent years, requiring central bank governors to confront three types of leadership challenges: ‘a concern with the perception of central bankers held by stakeholders and the broader population; a concern with the extent to which outcome performance is maximized;...

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