New Public Leadership: Making a Difference from Where We Sit

New Public Leadership: Making a Difference from Where We Sit

By Douglas F. Morgan, Marcus D. Ingle, and Craig W. Shinn

Book cover: A peaceful mountain landscape with a lush forest on a body of still water.
The authors explore three key elements of leadership success: 1) an understanding of our public service context, including the history, the values and the institutions that comprise our leadership setting, 2) a set of tools designed to help leaders initiate collective action in wicked challenge settings, and 3) tools to support sound judgment, enabling leaders to do the right thing in the right circumstances for the right reasons. The authors further provide readers with a basic understanding of democratic institutions, encouraging them to work within and across multiple vertical and horizontal systems of authority. The book is organized into four sections, each of which is accompanied by a Master Case that provides the reader with an opportunity to apply the principles and leadership tools discussed in the text to practice. Written specifically with the practicing public manager in mind, this book arms public servants with a large repertoire of leadership skills, designed to accommodate changing public values and conflicting priorities at all levels of our public organizations.


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To further reinforce the practice-centered approach to leadership knowledge and skills, the authors have developed an accompanying online EMERGE Public Leadership Performance Platform, complete with 12 new public leadership tools, a case application, and leader practices.


Access the online EMERGE Public Leadership Performance Platform of tools and practices here.