Leaders provides six in-depth studies of leaders who demonstrate a new style of leadership for the 21st century. W. Henry Lambright describes how Dr. Francis Collins is leading the Human Genome Project at the National Institutes of Health. Norma Riccucci presents a case study of how Dr. Helene Gayle led the nation's fight against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Beryl Radin analyzes the leadership style of Donna Shalala at the Department of Health and Human Services. Robert B. Denhardt and Janet Vinzant Denhardt present case studies of three local government leaders who are redefining the job of the local government executives. Paul A. Teske and Mark Schneider describe how principals are changing the New York City school system. Mark Huddleston presents his conversations with the federal government's leading senior civil servants. From these case studies, Mark A. Abramson and Kevin M. Bacon describe how 21st century leaders differ from their predecessors and what organizations can do today to develop future 21st century leaders.
Mark A. Abramson is executive director of The PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowment for The Business of Government. Prior to joining the Endowment, he was chairman of Leadership Inc. Mr. Abramson served as the first president of the Council for Excellence in Government. He also served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kevin M. Bacon is a partner, PwC Consulting and currently leads a major portion of the firm's U.S. public sector practice and is based in Washington, D.C. In his 21 years with the firm, he has consulted to a wide range of public sector clients in the areas of strategy, process improvement, performance measurement, organizational design, and change management. He has contributed to two books on change management and leadership, Better Change: Best Practices for Transforming Your Organization and Straight from the CEO.