"The ability to decide," said Beth McGrath, Deputy Chief Management Officer for the Department of Defense, in response to what qualities are most important in effective government leaders. "Decisiveness is key to take action [and] challenge the status quo."
McGrath spoke with Excellence in Government last week, where she reflected on her 24-year career with the Department of Defense and her role as DoD's first Deputy Chief Management Officer.
Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec,NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.
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