Monday, September 7, 2009

The Concept of Level 5 Leadership in the Federal Government

For my USDA Graduate School Executive Leadership Program, I was recommended to read a book titled “Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins and so far, I have been transformed by the leadership principles and characteristics laid out in the book for going from Good to Great and what it takes to become a Level 5 Leader. Very briefly, here are some of the principles and characteristics of a Level 5 Leader according to the book:

Humility + Will = Level 5

1. Demonstrates a compelling modesty; shunning public adulation; never boastful.
2. Demonstrates an unwavering resolve to do whatever must be done to produce the best long-term results, no matter how difficult.
3. Channels ambition into company, not the self; sets up successors for even greater success in the next generation.
4. Acts with quiet, calm determination; relies principally on inspired standards, not inspiring charisma, to motivate.
5. Sets the standard of building an enduring great company; will settle for nothing less.

Based on the above, I would like to know if there are any Level 5 Leaders in the Federal Government and in what agencies are they in. I would also like to know if there is a correlation between these Level 5 Leaders and the Partnership for Public Service’s rankings for the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

I.J works for the Department of Homeland Security/United State Coast Guard as a Contract Specialist. She is on the Executive Board of Young Government Leaders and is a Community Leader on GovLoop.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

What Does Gov 2.0 Mean to You?

Pay attention to a conversation that's been happening across GovLoop, YouTube,, and a handful of other sites. In his seminal book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, Clay Shirky talks about the change from one-way to many-way communication that's coming in with social media. He makes the case that the impact of this global mushrooming of interactivity is similar in magnitude to the impact of movable type printing ca. 1439. The question on the table in September 2009 focuses not so much on the cool new tools themselves as it does their use to make government more responsive to citizens and vice versa. Use the Twitter hashtag #g2s to pull up commentary that was tweeted live during the Gov 2.0 Summit on Sept. 9-10, 2009. There is work in various stages of development at all levels of government, in numerous countries. Early results are promising.