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An overview of leadership in public administration and some of the challenges

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    • Leadership in Public Administration
      Beverly A. Nicholson, MBA, MPA
      Thomas Nelson Community College
      Hampton, VA
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    • Without using reference materials, students will be able to define (list) five primary characteristics of leadership as they relate to public administration
      Objective
      2
    • Definitions of Leadership
      Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
      Peter F. Drucker
      Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do what you want done because he wants to do it.
      Dwight Eisenhower
      3
    • The exercise of authority, whether formal or informal, in directing and coordinating the work of others (Schafritz, 2004, p. 175)
      Leadership Defined in Public Administration
      4
    • Controls that limit risk-taking
      Accountability to the public
      Follows lots of rules
      Checks and balances on authority
      Focuses on principles of fairness
      Reference: Cropf, 2008
      5
      Public Leadership
    • 6
      Summary
      Includes demands from many stakeholders
      Requires accountability
      Promotes equity
    • A mother crab criticized her son for walking sideways, whereupon the son asked his mother to show him how to walk straight. Of course the mother crab was unable to walk any straighter than her son, and soon apologized for criticizing what she herself was guilty of too.
      Moral: lead by example not by words
      Aesop’s Fable: The Crab and His Mother
      7
      Crab (Rowley, Creative Commons, 2009)
    • Cropf, R. A. (2008). American public administration: public service for the twenty-first century. New York: Pearson Education, Inc.
      [Photograph of Peter Rowley]. (October 5, 2009). Creative Commons, flickr from Yahoo, Thailand, Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/haemengine/3982256034/?reg=1&src=sharev3
      Shafrtiz, J. M. (2004). The dictionary of public policy and administration. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
      References
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