Wanted: Public-sector leaders

By Ian C. Smith and John Swain
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/02/2002

Although the challenges and upheavals in the private sector have captured most of the headlines in the business news lately, the public sector has been quietly facing changes no less intense or dramatic.

Some of the challenges are familiar to private-sector companies, such as the need to increase operational efficiency, outsource non-core capabilities, and attract and develop future leadership talent. Others are specific to government, such as restructuring resulting from the amalgamation of jurisdictions or the transfer of responsibilities from one level of government to another.

Public-sector challenges require effective leadership at all levels. But before going out to beat the bushes for tomorrow’s leaders, the role of leaders in public-sector organizations requires examination and clarification.