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Lessons in Leadership

Meeting the Challenges of Public Service Management, 1st Edition

By Eileen Milner, Paul Joyce


182 pages

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Paperback: 9780415319065
pub: 2005-03-03
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Using international case study material, this book examines how ideas of visionary leadership have been developed and discusses their applicability to the public sector. The book covers:

  • the tensions that can arise between administrative/bureaucratic traditions and the leadership styles required today
  • the relationship between political leadership and organizational leadership
  • different approaches that have been adopted by public service leaders in organizations around the globe and their level of success
  • the extent to which existing theories of leadership are appropriate for a new management context.

A welcome addition to the current literature, this book will be invaluable reading for students of public administration as well as practitioners and policy makers in the public services.


'This book is a timely and very welcome synthesis of a wide range of theory and practical examples gathered from literature and empirical data in public and private/commercial worlds on leadership and management…the book will be of use to a wide readership of academics, policy makers and other practitioners, students on DMS and MBAs with a particulat interest in the public services, and is a very welcome addition to the field of public administration and management.' - International Journal of Public Sector Management Vol.19 No.1, 2006

Table of Contents

1. 'Reinventing Leadership' 2. Who and What is a Leader 3. 'The Leadership Difference' 4. Partnership Working 5. Leadership in a Performance and Conformance Dominated Culture 6. Leaders as Innovators and Entrepreneurs 7. Identifying and Developing Public Service Leaders 8. Learning Leadership Lessons

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy