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New Public Leadership
Making a Difference from Where We Sit

ISBN 9780765634641
Published August 22, 2018 by Routledge
436 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Most leadership literature stems from and focuses on the private sector, emphasizing personal qualities that bind leaders and followers to a shared purpose. As the authors of New Public Leadership argue, if these shared purposes do not build trust and legitimacy in public institutions, such traditional leadership tropes fall short of the standard demanded by contemporary public servants.  For twenty years the authors have been developing a leadership education and training framework specifically designed to encourage public service professionals to ‘lead from where they sit.’ This book presents that comprehensive, integrated, and practical leadership framework, grounded in the uniqueness of public legal missions, culture, history and values.

The authors explore three key elements of leadership success: 1) an understanding of our public service context, including the history, the values and the institutions that comprise our leadership setting, 2) a set of tools designed to help leaders initiate collective action in wicked challenge settings, and 3) tools to support sound judgment, enabling leaders to do the right thing in the right circumstances for the right reasons. The authors further provide readers with a basic understanding of democratic institutions, encouraging them to work within and across multiple vertical and horizontal systems of authority.  The book is organized into four sections, each of which is accompanied by a Master Case that provides the reader with an opportunity to apply the principles and leadership tools discussed in the text to practice. To further reinforce the practice-centered approach to leadership knowledge and skills, the authors have developed an accompanying EMERGE Leadership Handbook, complete with exercises, available online.  Written specifically with the practicing public manager in mind, this book arms public servants with a large repertoire of leadership skills, designed to accommodate changing public values and conflicting priorities at all levels of our public organizations.

Table of Contents

Section 1. Foundations of Public Service Leadership

1. Public Service Leadership: Discovering Opportunities to Make a Difference from Where We Sit

2. Leadership Theory and Action

3. Leadership in Organizations

4. Polity Leadership

5. The Moral Basis of Public Service Leadership

6. Thinking in Time: Using Our Institutional Legacies to Improve the Public Good

Section 2. Identifying Leadership Opportunities: "Sizing Up" Possible Leadership Action

7. Sizing Up the Leadership Context: Drivers of Change in the 21st Century

8. The Normal v. The New Normal and the Rise of Wicked Problems: Leadership for Emergence

9. EMERGE Leadership: "Sizing Up" Challenges and Opportunities

Section 3. Taking Leadership Action

10. Leading in Communities from Where We Sit: Power, Authority, Networks and Conciliatory Practices

11. EMERGE Leadership: "Taking Action" to Realize the Vision

Section 4. Building, Retaining, and Renewing Public Trust Through Time

12. Prudential Judgment: The Core Virtue for Leading from Where We Sit

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Douglas F. Morgan is professor emeritus of public administration in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He has held a variety of administrative leadership positions at the University of Illinois, Springfield, Lewis and Clark College and at Portland State University where he served as Director of the Executive Leadership Institute, the Executive Master of Public Administration Program and Chair of the Public Administration Division. He has held a variety of public positions, both elected and appointed. His research interests focus on the role career public administrators play in ensuring effective and responsive systems of local democratic governance. He is coauthor New Public Governance with Brian Cook (M.E. Sharpe, 2014), of Foundations of Public Service, 2d ed. (M.E. Sharpe, 2013) and Budgeting for Local Governments and Communities (M.E. Sharpe, 2014). His work has appeared in the Handbook of Administrative Ethics, Oregon Politics and Government, The International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration, Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, and Administrative Theory & Practice.

Marcus D. Ingle is professor of public administration and director of International Public Service in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He has served as lead for the Global Leadership and Management Specialization and acting director of the Center for Public Service. He has worked in more than 80 countries in administrative leadership positions for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank Group, the University of Maryland and Booz-Allen Hamilton. His research, training, and technical assistance activities focus on complex and dynamic public challenges that can be addressed through leadership and management approaches. His co-authored articles have appeared in Public Administration and Development and The International Journal of Public Administration. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside, his MPA from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. in Social Science from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Craig W. Shinn is emeritus professor of Public Administration. He has served as Director of the Executive Masters Degree Program, the Public Administration and Policy Doctoral Program and the Masters in Public Policy in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and the program lead for natural resource and management leadership and technical assistance programs in the Hatfield School’s Center for Public Service. He served as Chair of the Public Administration Division. He earned his B.A. from the University of Maine in Forestry and Forest Management, his MPA from Lewis and Clark College and his Ph.D. in Forest Management (Sociology and Policy) from the University of Washington. He has served on numerous natural resource advisory boards and task forces for Oregon State natural resource agencies and has consulted widely at local, state, regional, national and international levels of society. His research, training, and technical assistance activities focus on "conciliatory practices" that can improve natural resource policy and administration. He is a coauthor of Foundations of Public Service, 2nd ed. (M.E. Sharpe, 2013). His articles have appeared in Administrative Theory & Praxis and The Journal of Public Affairs Education.


"New Public Leadership is a 'must read.' It confronts readers with the complex reality that effective, ethical leading for the public good is an honor and privilege but also an unprecedented challenge. Leadership approaches adapted from the private sector inform but cannot prepare public leaders for the types of challenges they will confront. The dramatic change from expertise-centered production of services to co-production in a shared governance context with community partners in businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies at all levels requires a deep understanding of the moral ends that build trust and legitimacy in public institutions. The authors provide practical advice about improving public leadership using an artful blend of theory and their own decades of experience working hand-in-hand with public leaders." – J. Steven Ott, University of Utah, USA


"It may sound absurd to many, but if the deep political rifts in American society, indeed in many societies today, are to heal, ordinary public servants must lead the way. Doug Morgan, Marcus Ingle, and Craig Shinn have provided the essential roadmap to that desirable future in New Public Leadership. The deep respect they show for the critical and deeply honorable action of public leadership, and the grounding they provide in the historical, political, and moral context of public leadership, ensures that the book will have an enduring impact on the students, scholars, and practitioners who will, each in their own way, become the leaders their fellow citizens need." – Brian J. Cook, Virginia Tech, USA