Improved Public Administration: Expect the Best

William Shendow


Over the years, I have observed that in sports it is not always the most talented or skilled which is successful, but rather it is often the team or individual others expect to win. It appears as if the expectations of others is a frequent determinant of success. As a professor of public administration, that conclusion has prompted me to consider whether this observation has ramifications for improving public administration.


public administration; societal expectations; leadership

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