The goal of a public servant is to be comfortable associating with those
Who make decisions.
Who grasp situations rapidly.
Who do not suffer fools easily.
Who know they need advice and are constantly sizing up advisors for their counsel.
The term for this public servant is someone who can walk with kings. To be someone who walks with kings often, you must stretch beyond your own area of expertise. If you are going to be an effective leader of opinions and policy-making, you have to become aware of the bigger picture and how all the pieces fit together.
Cite: Ashworth, Kenneth (2001) CAUGHT BETWEEN THE DOG AND THE FIREPLUG: or How to Survive Public Service, Washington, DC, Georgetown University Press