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Leaders in the Shadows

The Leadership Qualities of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers

by (author) David Siegel

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Feb 2015
Category
Management, Leadership, Public Affairs & Administration, City Planning & Urban Development
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442619821
    Publish Date
    Feb 2015
    List Price
    $32.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781442626652
    Publish Date
    Feb 2015
    List Price
    $39.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781442649255
    Publish Date
    Feb 2015
    List Price
    $73.00

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Description

In most municipalities across Canada, the top public servant is the chief administrative officer (CAO) or city manager. Compared to elected politicians such as the mayor and the council, the work of a CAO is often overlooked and not well understood. In Leaders in the Shadows, David Siegel brings the CAO into the limelight, examining the leadership qualities of effective municipal managers.

Using the examples of five exceptional CAOs who have worked in municipalities of varying sizes across Canada, Siegel identifies the leadership traits, skills, and behaviours which have made them successful. Interweaving the stories of his subjects with insights drawn from leadership theory, Siegel offers an engrossing account of how CAOs must lead “up, down, and out” in order to succeed. Offering well-rounded accounts of the challenges and opportunities faced by public servants at the municipal level, Leaders in the Shadows is a valuable resource for academics and practitioners alike.

About the author

David Siegal is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University.

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