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A Teaching Topic in Leadership

Leadership in Public and Private Organizations

This topic teaches students about the important similarities and differences between management strategies in the public and private sector. Students are asked to consider the requirements of management and leadership in modern organizations.

Topic Learning Outcome:  Upon mastering this topic, students will be familiar with the essential characteristics of successful leaders in modern organizations. Students will be knowledgeable about useful techniques for motivating others, creating clear expectations and measuring the individual performance of team members. Students will be able to identify some of the unique challenges faced by managers in the public sector, and specific management techniques that can help deal with those challenges. 

Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Orienting (Operational Skill); Leader; Leadership; Leadership Development.

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5472): 

Kotter Power and Influence, Chapter 1: Introduction pp. 3-11, and Chapter 2: Diversity, Interdependence, and Power Dynamics in Organizations pp. 12-30.

Kotter, Power and Influence, Chapter 3: The Leadership Challenge: Making Social Complexity Work for Us, Not Against Us. pp. 31-51.

Stewart, Rosemary. Choices for the Manager: A Guide to Managerial Work and Behaviour. Eng.: McGraw-Hill (UK) Limited, 1982. pp. 1-30.  

Paton, R., and Z. Julia Paton. Thinking Like a Manager: A Managerial Perspective. Ottawa, 1995.

Sample Assessment Questions:

      1.)  What are some specific challenges that are faced by public sector managers to a greater extent than their private sector counterparts?

      2.)  Choose any three characteristics that you think are essential for effective leadership in modern organizations, and explain why you think they are important.

Page Created By: Ben Eisen, last updated April 2015.


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