New Challenges for International Leadership

Positioning the United States for the 21st Century

by Gregory F. Treverton, Tora K. Bikson

View related products

Read Online Version

Download Free Electronic Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.1 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or higher for the best experience.

Abstract

America is producing too few future leaders who combine substantive depth with international experience and outlook. Managers with a broad strategic vision are in short supply. This Issue Paper reports the results of two surveys--one with top managers in government and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations on the capacities they seek in the professionals they hire and how they nurture them; the other with deans of public policy, international relations, and business schools. Among the authors' conclusions: The government should make the hiring process quicker and more transparent, and make it easier for people to move across agencies and to enter laterally from other sectors. The non-for-profits should think about developing human resources and develop more innovations in building specialized "dual expertise." The for-profit sector should ask whether the mismatch is real between the strategic leaders organizations say they seek and the hiring decisions that actually result, and should think of the other sectors as partners in developing leaders. The university sector should rethink ways to give students a grounding in thinking and acting across cultures and should treat leadership as a serious subject. Actions by all sectors will be enhanced if they are done together, as part of a bold national program.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation issue paper series. The issue paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1993 to 2003 that contained early data analysis, an informed perspective on a topic, or a discussion of research directions, not necessarily based on published research. The issue paper was meant to be a vehicle for quick dissemination intended to stimulate discussion in a policy community.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.