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Walking With Kings

Dog watched 'Fire Hydrants of the Rich and Famous.'

The goal of a public servant is to be comfortable associating with those

In authority.

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



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.

2 thoughts on “Walking With Kings

  1. Thank you for sharing this post! I feel that a leader should always walk alongside their followers and take their input into consideration when making some decisions. I have a couple leadership post on my page, feel free to check them out when you get the chance and let me know what you think in the comments:)

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