Public Health and the Leadership Imperative

January 13, 2014
by Elizabeth Keller
Governing Magazine

Government leaders long ago took up the challenge of protecting the public from deadly diseases. New challenges are testing that resolve.

Who thinks about the broad needs of our society? Private-sector leaders focus on the bottom line and their products. As individuals, each of us is consumed by our personal responsibilities, goals and challenges of daily life.

That's why it's so important for government officials to take a leadership role to advocate for future generations. Who else has the capacity and orientation to rally the public to make essential investments in infrastructure, education and the general welfare? Foresight may, in fact, be the most important skill set in the public leader's toolbox.

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