Dear all knowing internet,
Remember the Where’s Waldo books from your childhood? I remember being entertained for hours trying to find Waldo wondering amass a sea of interesting characters. Well my friends, that’s how I feel about the leaders in government. I sometimes feel like my perception of a leader (forward thinking, loyal, open minded, decisive) doesn’t exist in a mass of managerial mediocrity.
I remember from my graduate school days and my management classes (for disclosure purposes I am not a manager) exercises where we would name the different characteristics that separate leaders from managers.
Leaders would always be described like a mythical creature with adjectives such as visionary, empowering, collaborative, etc. One would think of something out of a fairy tale or a movie.
I am pretty familiar with what characteristics make up a leader, but my question is “where are they”. At least in state government, it seems that someone who fits the description of a leader is very rare. With a lack of leaders, how is a new generation of government workers supposed to learn to lead?
It seems the current method of teaching leadership (and management) in government (by this I mean internally teaching leadership skills) is by learning what not to do and hope that you remember what you learned when you eventually get the opportunity to lead.
My questions to you is: Does someone you would consider a leader exist in your organization and if so how do they prepare the next generation of government leaders ? Let me know your thoughts.
Yours Truly ,
Young and Frustrated
Image taken from http://veryrandomthoughts.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/dont-be-a-wally/