The Federal Coach: Alice Rivlin on Being Aggressively Apolitical

Alice Rivlin, an expert on fiscal and monetary policy, is a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. She was founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget and was vice chair of the Federal Reserve.

What are some of the key leadership lessons from your experience working in the federal government?

You can’t start out saying, “I’m going to be a leader.” You have to start out saying, “I’m really interested in this problem or in improving how government functions” and get yourself in the position to start doing it. Leadership has to be based on doing solid work and keeping at it.

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