Yes, Public Works Directors can lead and be servants too!

by Harry Lorick, P.E., PWLF, Principal, LA Consulting, Inc. Manhattan Beach, California, Member of APWA Leadership and Management Committee

Public works performs many functions for the public – from maintaining, enhancing and operating infrastructure such as streets, signs, stormwater, utilities, facilities and fleet to responding to various emergencies. The staff of a public works can often vary in size to meet the public’s needs from as few as a handful to thousands, as is the case in Los Angeles County.

How does a public works director lead these varied and numerous resources? One approach is ‘Servant Leadership.’ Wait a minute, how can one be a servant and a leader too?

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