Weekly Roundup: Leadership & Government
Posted on: October 24, 2014

Feds Losing Faith in Senior Leaders

http://www.federaltimes.com/; Oct 23, 2014

A hot topic in the news this week is the perception of senior government leaders by the federal workforce.  Mr. Medici provides numerous statistics from an employee survey that highlight leadership gaps, including dropping levels of trust and motivation across a large span of agencies.  Sequestration, government shutdowns, and a handful of very public scandals over the past year could have certainly impacted employee morale in these areas. Regardless of major government crises, leaders can continue to preempt substantial dips in morale through proper change management techniques that focus on communication, planning, and workforce alignment.

 

Seven Attributes of Good Local Government Leadership

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/seven-attributes-of-good-local-governmen-68131/; Oct. 23, 2014

It is important to remember that leaders in government significantly impact the culture, productivity, retention, and morale of their junior colleagues.  Mr. McRoberts provides insights on how existing and emerging leaders in local governments can foster healthy work environments through several simple but often overlooked attributes.  His suggestions can also be applied by leaders in larger public sector organizations and private sector companies who are looking for ways to improve group cohesiveness and collective problem solving.

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Everything you Need to Know About Introverted Leaders

http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/10/everything-you-need-know-about-introverted-leaders/97247/?oref=river; Oct. 24, 2014

Mr. Nisen presents the differences between introverted and extroverted leaders, citing the perceived advantages and disadvantages to both personality types.  Not only are these points valid for introverted leaders who are focused on personal development, but they also serve as excellent reminders for how leaders may need to tailor their interactions with a diverse group of peers and junior associates.