The Role of Leadership in Strategy and Implementation
This topic explores strategic management and leadership in the public sector; namely, activities that aim to influence the actions of others through formal and informal organizations, toward specific ends that advance the public interest. It complements specialized topics that focus in more detail on the particular tools that managers use. It examines the resources public leaders mobilize, the demands of democratic accountability, and the complex internal and external environments surrounding public leaders. This topic looks at important leadership actions including setting and articulating goals and missions; aligning strategy with mission; leading organizational change; managing with performance information; structuring networks and partnerships; motivation; decision-making; and dealing with crises and environments in transition.
Topic Learning Outcome: Upon mastering this topic, students will understand how the environments in which they operate influence the ability of leaders to drive change in the public sector, and will understand some of the most important tools, skills and strategies that public sector managers have at their disposal in their efforts to execute their chosen strategies.
Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Span of Control; Collective Leadership; Leader; Leadership; Leadership Development.
Harvard MLD-110A Strategic Management for Public Purposes
Zimmerman and Lerner, Decisions, Decisions, Government Executive Magazine, 29 September, 2010.
Bazerman and Moore, Chapter 5, Motivational and Affective Influences on Decision Making, in Judgment in Managerial Decision Making, Seventh Edition, Wiley, 2009, pp 84-100.
Sample Assessment Questions:
1.) What is performance information? Why is performance information an important management tool?
2.) What are the characteristics of a useful mission statement? Identify a mission statement for any governmental or not-for-profit institution of your choice that you believe is useful and effective, and explain why you think it is a strong mission statement.
3.) How can internal organizational environmental factors and external environmental factors constrain the actions of public sector managers in their efforts to drive change? Describe, with (real or hypothetical) examples one type of environmental factor that can interfere with a public sector leader's efforts to successfully lead change in a short (1-3 page) paper.
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