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Working with Your Boss



As a public servant, you will receive criticism and abuse. This quote from a boss to a subordinate agrees with what I have also learned over the years:

“When I agree with you, you are operating within powers we have delegated to you; when I disagree with you, you are exceeding your authority.”

Set your bosses up as your teacher; learn from them, their statements, their actions, and their behavior.

“Leaders have a sensitivity for discovering what other people want and desire and then they find ways to fulfill those needs. This is one way a leader creates followers.”

Following this thinking, “if you can delve the needs and wants of those above you, you may be able to motivate them to help you accomplishing what you want.”

Know that your subordinates are viewing you. Before you make a statement, think how you would say it and what you will say. Watch your actions in crises because they will be.


Cite: Ashworth, Kenneth (2001) CAUGHT BETWEEN THE DOG AND THE FIREPLUG: or How to Survive Public Service, Washington, DC, Georgetown University Press




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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