Sunday, November 23, 2008

Leadership, by Lora Allen

This guest post originally appeared at on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. Permission to reprint it here was given because many individual posts share one link on that page. Lora ably coordinates the PMF Program at the U.S. Department of Education.


While my fellowship experience in the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is coming to a close (graduating this summer!), I will carry with me important life lessons on leadership. In fact, I keep them posted at my desk as daily reminders. They originated from daily observations of federal leaders and mentors that I deeply admire and respect. These extraordinary folks taught me that…

The workplace ought to be the most creative place on the planet;

Everything is an experiment;

Expect the unexpected;

Everyone is invaluable and irreplaceable;

Give people respect when they least expect it and least deserve it;

Playing it safe is risky (never be afraid of change – don't become complacent);

but Maturity does not equal conformity;

Go the extra mile; and

Leadership is an action, not a position or title.

Young feds, what are you learning about leadership? How will you apply those lessons in your life and career? Whether surrounded by good or bad leaders in the workplace, I encourage you to write down your observations on leadership. You'll be surprise by your list, and hopefully inspired and transformed.

Lora L. Allen

Young Government Leaders, Membership Committee Chair, 2007-2008

Presidential Management Fellow, 2006-2008

1 comment:

  1. For me leadership means taking bigger responsibility. ready or not, you will face various problem that need to be solved immediately. big heart and cool head are the most important factor to be a good leader. start respect another people before anyone do it to you, to see the unseen, that is leader for me.