Sustaining Leadership Greatness

By Barbara Heller
In May 2, 2017
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NRPA’s Monthly Magazine “Top Story”

by Barbara Heller

One of the greatest gifts a leader can give to an organization is the creation of a leadership legacy that sustains beyond his or her tenure at an organization. This includes continuously developing one’s competencies. It also includes developing a leadership pipeline for aspiring leaders, creating core competencies, providing succession and building organizational values. Going back in time, John Adams — the first vice president of the United States and its second president — once wrote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Who knew that John Adams was so prophetic about leadership?

The quality of leadership has profound ramifications for organizations: People stay or leave because of leadership. Good people want to work for well-led organizations, which gives these organizations an edge in the ability to recruit and retain the best and the brightest. An agency’s relevancy in the community is determined, in part, by the quality of its leadership.

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Barbara Heller

Barbara Heller

...is determined to give government a good name - one agency at a time. Her innovative approach to the planning process has delivered results in organizations across the U.S.
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