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The passion and persistence of successful federal leaders

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 26/10/2015 Tom Fox

What does it take to be an effective leader?
It seems there are as many different theories as there are leaders. A quick search on Amazon produces thousands of book titles, with virtually each one having a unique take on how to lead.
While many of these books offer invaluable insights, I was struck recently by the personal stories of the winners and finalists for this year's Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies), the award program run by my organization, the Partnership for Public Service. The awards honor outstanding federal employees whose noteworthy and inspiring accomplishments are seldom recognized or celebrated.
All of the honorees produced important results, and each had their own approach and unique set of circumstances that helped them achieve success. Yet there were some common traits that stood out - a passion for their work, persistence in reaching their goals, and the importance of collaborating with others to get things done.
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