Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ernst & Young LLP Offers Insight into the Management Challenges of Political Leadership

In the lead-up to another Presidential election, there is a growing anticipation around the changes that will likely occur at the agency level of government. In Paths to Making a Difference: Leading in Government, Ernst & Young LLP's Government and Public Sector practice provides insights on the importance of selecting the right appointees, the value it brings in times of political challenge, and how these top executives ultimately succeed in accomplishing an administration's objectives.

The book, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, presents the findings of a two-year study focused on 24 top political appointees in the Obama administration through case studies that examine how deputy secretaries and agency heads achieve the mission of their organizations.

"Appointees are an important component of political leadership that demands attention and this book offers behind-the-scenes insights and practical advice on how they face management challenges in real time," said Paul Lawrence, leader of the Federal Government Consulting Practice, Ernst & Young LLP, and author of Paths to Making a Difference: Leading in Government. "This book is designed to help prospective political executives transition from their previous position into their political role, which we believe will ultimately help lead to a more effective government."

Based on interviews at the six month, 12-month, and 18-month interval of their tenure, Paths to Making a Difference: Leading in Government tracks the learning curves of political executives and gleans insights from the first two years of their leadership journey. Organized around a framework of management challenges, rather than Department or policy issues, this book offers a different perspective on how to effectively fill political positions and support appointees' efforts to achieve the agency's goals and priorities. The insights shared in this book extend to all those who work with political executives and those in top management positions.

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