Leadership in government is no less important than in the private sector. Trained leaders with a clear vision and the ability to motivate staff to that vision comes extraordinary opportunity to change the perception of government ineffectiveness. As more is learned about the successes of government agencies led by enlightened leaders more jurisdictions are encouraged to step out and explore how a change in thought could impact their areas of responsibility and to showcase their effectiveness as leaders.
In Hillsborough County, Florida, two such agencies immediately come to mind. Doug Belden has led his staff at the tax collector’s office to win the prestigious Governor Sterling Award not once but twice. Bob Henriquez, Hillsborough County Property Appraiser, has rallied his staff by developing a strategic plan that informs the public on issues important to them and his staff on why their contribution makes a difference in meeting the needs of the citizens within the county. Morale is up, as is productivity.
Contrary to popular folklore, leaders are not born as much as they are fashioned. Leaders can be trained and developed. The 5 principles of leadership found in Kouzes & Posner’s work, The Leadership Challenge form the basis of our work in this field:
- Model the Way
- Inspire a Shared Vision
- Challenge the Process
- Enable Others to Act
- Encourage the Heart
Pathfinder Group can help local government agencies train and develop effective leaders.