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By Dr David N Ammons, Charldean Newell

This examine explores the paintings lifetime of mayors, urban managers, and different most sensible executives in urban govt. in accordance with a survey of 527 urban executives and enlivened with a number of anecdotes, the booklet files time allocation styles and paintings workouts.
City Executives makes comparisons with prior stories to teach how urban executives examine with managers in different different types of agencies. The authors additionally observe how urban managers' position has replaced over a 20-year interval. urban executives are proven to be like their private-sector opposite numbers. for instance, they functionality at a continuing speed, are usually interrupted of their paintings, and are often overburdened. despite the fact that, simply because urban employees function in an atmosphere open to public scrutiny, they're left with just a minority in their specialist time to take care of concerns that they describe as priorities. as an alternative, they need to continually reply to intergovernmental calls for, emergencies, and the desires of electorate and legislative officers.

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29 Although Gawthrop's premise may be challenged by those who insist that the successful pursuit of efficiency often demands extraordinary creativity, his views lead him to perceive a greater capacity for innovation in the private sector. Moreover, individuals who have held both public and private sector positions have found them to be different. 32 Public executives themselves may also be finding new similarities with private executives. "33 Our study of city executives' allocation of time is, in fact, an effort to help fill the gap in Page 17 empirical evidence regarding presumed differences by affording a direct comparison with Mintzberg's findings about other types of organizations.

His views on leadership are somewhat similar to those of Barnard in that he also was concerned with the leader's role in the formulation of goals and purposes and with capacity building (task management). 14 Selznick perceived the possibility of external threats to the organization and, thus, introduced the idea of environmental interaction and the importance of the context in which the executive operates. Although Selznick first published his broadened conceptualization of executive behavior in the 1950s, his emphasis on the environment fits well with contemporary thinking.

According to Bellavita, leadership is an organizational process that consists of four elements that in most cases will be directed by more than one personwhatever their titles or reputations: · a vision that provides meaning and direction to the organization's work;·political support for the vision; Page 18 · people willing to work to achieve the vision; and·the technical ability to carry out the vision. 36 John W. Gardner, former secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and president of the Carnegie Corporation, echoes the assertion that managers can be effective leaders: Many writers on leadership are at considerable pains to distinguish between leaders and managers.

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