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Talking Leadership With Former USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 28/03/2016 Tom Fox

Krysta Harden, a self-described Georgia farm girl, recently left the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she served in various capacities during the past seven years, including as deputy secretary.
In an interview, Harden spoke about how life on the farm prepared her for life at the USDA, her personal successes and challenges, and her approach to managing employees. Harden was interviewed by Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and the vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.
Q. You come from three generations of Georgia farmers and were raised on a farm. How did your upbringing inform your work at USDA?A. I started training for this job when I was a child. My background certainly prepared me for dealing with our programs and policies and the culture of agriculture. It also prepared me for the hard work that's required to be in federal service and for the discipline that's needed. I give great credit to my parents, who were farmers and who always worked very hard and instilled in me and my sister a strong work ethic and an understanding that everyone should be treated fairly.
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