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Leadership and Homeland Security
A review of the literature on public leadership with a focus on leadership at the Office of Homeland Security.
# 152728 | 3,094 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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This research explores literature on public leadership in order to define what is meant by public leadership and the characteristics that promote excellent leadership qualities. The paper finds that honesty and integrity are the key leadership traits that encourage followers to follow a leader, and cultural awareness is also a necessity in leaders. The paper highlights the complexity of the issues that are involved in understanding leadership within the Office of Homeland Security, but relates that the most important leadership trait is the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. This writer presents his personal leadership plan that will allow him to be the most effective leader that he can be in his future leadership role in Homeland Security.

Integrated Literature Review
Current Homeland Security Leadership Analysis

From the Paper:

"One of the most important things that I learned through this course is that leaders are not born into the role, they are made. Leadership has nothing to do with the position, but with the ability of the person to inspire others and to work towards a common goal. I also learned that leaders are made through a process of change. Leadership in the public sector differs from leadership in the corporate, or private sector. Public leadership is often a team or collaborative effort that involves many different players and their individual competencies in the desired end (Althaus & Wanna, 2008, pp. 112). This research will explore literature on public leadership in order to define what is meant by public leadership and the characteristics that promote excellent leadership qualities.
"One of the first tasks to be accomplished is the ability to define public leadership and what separates it from private sector, or corporate, leadership. In or to do this one must first distinguish public leadership from bureaucrat. Many public leaders must work in environments that entail large, government entities. A bureaucrat seeks to reduce an unknown to a known: the success of the bureaucrat is measured by the endurance of certain officials in their position, not what they accomplished. The public leader is expected to produce measurable results toward concrete goals (Althaus & Wanna, 2008, pp. 112). This is a key difference between the bureaucrat and the public leader."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Althaus, C. & Wanna, J. (2008). "The Institutionalization of Leadership in the Australian Public Sector." In Hart, P. & Uhr, J. Public Leadership: Perspectives and Practices. Australian National University: ANU Press.
  • Bebb, S. (2009). The Structure of Role Transition: A Phenomenological Study of Successful Executives from Five Countries. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 4 (2): 223- 243.
  • Chandler, D. (2009). The Perfect Storm of Leaders' Unethical Behavior: A Conceptual Framework. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 5 (1): 69-93.
  • Moorman, R. & Grover, S. (2009). Why Does Leader Integrity Matter to Followers? An Uncertainty Management-Based Explanation. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 5 (2): 102-114.
  • Osula, B. & Irvin, S. (2009). Cultural Awareness in Intercultural Mentoring: A Model for Enhancing Mentoring Relationships. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 5(1): 37-50.

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Leadership and Homeland Security (2013, April 23) Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/leadership-and-homeland-security-152728/

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