Over the past thirty years New Zealand has developed a reputation for its willingness to foster innovative public management and policy practices. But what of its public leadership aspirations and practices? This seminar will provide a critically appreciative assessment of various interventions that have been launched over the past eight years under the National Government aimed at improving the effectiveness of public leaders under the broad umbrella of ‘Better Public Services’. A key thrust of these interventions is to encourage more strategically-oriented and collaborative leadership practices that bring diverse and fragmented agencies together in common pursuit of improving public value at the sectoral and more recently at the whole-of-public service level. The seminar will identify the key lessons that have been learned from these efforts as well as map out important challenges and opportunities for public leadership research and development in general.
Brad Jackson is Professor of Public and Community Leadership at Victoria University of Wellington where he was the former Head of School of Government and Head of School of Management. At the University of Auckland Business School, he was Co-Director of the New Zealand Leadership Institute. Jackson has published five books—Management Gurus and Management Fashions, The Hero Manager, Organisational Behaviour in New Zealand, A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership and Demystifying Business Celebrity and co-edited the Sage Handbook of Leadership and Major Works in Leadership. He is a former co-editor of the journal, Leadership, and a former Vice-Chair of the International Leadership Association.
Event organised by Professor William Webster, Management, Work and Organisation Division