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Thoughts on Leadership

NASPE, in conjunction with Infor, is updating "Leadership Secrets of Human Resource Officials," a publication first printed in 2006. 

Below are a few sample essays:

Thoughts on Leadership

Kate Sheehan
Director
Division of Personnel and Labor Relations
Alaska Department of Administration

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I was born with assertiveness, ambition, stubbornness and inquisitiveness. But I wasn't born a leader. That was learned.

Are leaders born or made? Probably one of the most asked questions when the topic of leadership comes up. My initial reaction was always born, of course. But recently I’ve begun thinking about being the leader of my division and the qualities I, hopefully, demonstrate. Then it became clear that I most certainly wasn’t born with all these traits but learned them from others – both my supervisors and co-workers. Yes, I was born with assertiveness, ambition, stubbornness, and inquisitiveness. However, there is so much more to my leadership style than those characteristics. 

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Thoughts on Leadership

Byron P. Decoteau Jr., MSHLD, PHR., SHRM-CP
Director
Louisiana State Civil Service

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A Leader?

I never intentionally set out to be a leader. As a child, I recall being an introvert who found solace in being left to my own imagination. Leadership, in my opinion, was reserved for extraordinary individuals. I for one, never viewed myself as extraordinary.

Let me take you back to my childhood for a brief moment. I vividly remember a small keepsake book titled “My School Years”. The book contained pages dedicated to each year of elementary school. The main highlight was capturing the journey from kindergarten to eighth grade through a series of awkward yearbook photos, but that’s not the point for taking you down memory lane. What I find interesting is the fact that listed under the question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I consistently listed a school bus driver until the fourth grade. Fortunately for those traveling the streets of Louisiana, that aspiration did not come to fruition. However, it ironically plays a big part in my career as I will explain later.

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2016 White Paper 

 

 

 

Healthcare

HealthcareIssue Brief: Impacts of Affordable Care Act Implementation on State HR Departments (July 2013)
Challenges and Current Practices in State Employee Healthcare (2012)
State Employee Healthcare Benefits Roundtable – Whitepaper (2011)
Challenges and Current Practices in State Employee Healthcare (2010)
Healthcare Benefits Whitepaper (2010) Healthcare Benefits Whitepaper (2006)

 

HR Service Operations

HR Service Operations

Issue Brief: Total Rewards: Preparing to Pay the Next Generation of State Government Workers (July 2013)
Issue Brief: Addressing Low Engagement and Morale in State and Local Government Workforces (July 2013)
HR Architecture Survey Summary (2011)
State Responses to Federal Government Shutdown - Federally-Funded Positions 

 

 

Recession

Recession

State Employee Furloughs and Layoffs (2011)
IT Workforce: Under Pressure (2011)
The Great Recession and the State and Local Government Workforce (2010)
A Tidal Wave Postponed (2009)

 

 

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