I am going to state something that is widely known yet rarely stated. Government organizations are slow on the uptake when it comes to effective leadership and leadership development. They seem to be a few centuries behind on how to effectively lead.
Those of us that have experienced different levels of government organizations talk about the bureaucratic red tape. We’re joking about it, but not really joking about. I was even hired by a company once specifically because I knew the workings of that red tape.
When government organizations do implement a leadership development program, it is not often effectively deployed. This is typically because there is a great deal of authoritarianism within government branches.
There are a LOT of rules and regulations government organizations have to adhere to. And it is somewhat understandable. Though I have certainly seen a few that would do well to catch up to modern times…
In any case, there is a LOT of turnover in government organizations, usually in the form of reassignments or transfers. And a majority of the reason falls under toxic leadership.
To advance as a Nation, the governmental organization that runs it has to be able to transform and shift as the population does. It has to be able to tap into innovation for growth. It must be adaptable. What happens when it remains rigid and unable to adapt and only available to the select few? Rome comes to mind.
All that being said, there are still aspects to leadership development in government organizations that are unique. One aspect is the ability to lead while adhering to regulations and enforcing said regulations. Most rules and regulations are put in place for a reason. In US government, it was supposed to be to minimize personal gain, intimidation, and dictatorship (among other reasons).
My research focuses on how to incorporate effective leadership within government organizations. I started with local government organizations and am branching upwards and onwards. This focus goes beyond the administrative aspects of government and into leading a Nation into the future. Each department within a government must be cohesive within itself and with the entire system. This stands for every local, state, and federal government branch.
If the leadership within each department, each branch, is not effective, the whole systems can (and will) fall apart.
To progress into the future, government leadership needs to be adaptable to change in order to progress. What happens when something stagnates? Being proactive and adaptable aids in innovation and diversity.
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