Managing the Relationship between Elected Leaders and Staff: A Team Approach

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Author: John Graham

This discussion paper was developed by the Institute and the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) to help focus attention on the critical issues embraced by the AFOA Canada 2008 National Conference,Aboriginal Management and Leadership – Working Together Towards Prosperity. The document is organized around five key questions: (1) why the relationship between political leaders and staff is important; (2) particular challenges this issue holds for Aboriginal communities; (3) what the nature of this relationship should be; (4) potential tools and strategies for managing the partnership, and (5) how to build sustainable capacity for managing this relationship.

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Institute on Governance

Institute on Governance

Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.

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