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Leadership in the Public Policy Making Process

Successful public policies often hinge upon the ability of talented leaders to develop, promote, and execute those public policies. In a two-page paper, discuss which leadership traits you feel are the most important in the creation of sound public policies. Some questions to consider are: does a leader's educational background matter significantly in providing leadership in the policy making process? Do leaders need to have a military background in order to execute successful policies involving the armed forces? Is it necessary for strong leaders in the policymaking arena to have traveled widely and to have had significant foreign policy experience? In addition, you may wish to illustrate your points by identifying specific past or current leaders (e.g., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan) in public policy who exemplify the traits you feel are the most important in public policy leadership.

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I have outlined your response. The traits listed are all noted leadership traits. However, not only leadership traits are important in policy making. I noted a couple of examples, but I am sure you can find more and often better choices.

Public policy must be created for the good of as many people as possible. The best public policy would then be suited to help all the people, no matter their position. For this, leadership qualities must include competency, vision or forward looking goals, and being broad minded and fair minded. Making policy that positively affects as many people as possible means that belief systems must be positive and inspiring. Honesty is important as well.

A person creating policy should be straightforward and should also be an excellent communicator, so they can explain their ideas, while listening to the ideas of others. Ethical is a strong leader's most prized trait because ethical, honest behaviors gain trust and more people buy in when ...

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