Navigation

Public Policy

Leadership Matters

There is a popular yet dangerous myth about politics in the United States: Choices and leaders don’t really matter. Since events will inevitably unfold regardless of the public’s voice, engagement in the political process, let alone leadership, might just as well be left to others.

This is a false perception. Qualified leaders are essential to civic success. The dedication, courage and persistence of individuals are essential to accomplishing anything in public affairs. In short, leadership matters.

Although some individuals are born with instinctive leadership qualities, there are leadership skills that can be taught and learned, practiced and mastered.

“Leadership Matters,” a partnership between the Pell Center and the Public Sector Consortium, seeks to contribute to the development of public leaders in Rhode Island. The long-term goal is to provide a center of continuous leadership development that will ensure professional competencies and best practices are continually developed and refreshed.

Recent Public Policy Blog Posts

Dr. Iskander Rehman’s Detailed Study of Cardinal Richelieu’s Grand Strategy Released by Texas National Security Review

In the latest issue of the leading national security journal Texas National Security Review, Senior Fellow Dr. Iskander Rehman engages in a detailed and interdisciplinary analysis of Cardinal Richelieu’s grand strategy during the Thirty Years’ War. One of history’s more polarizing figures, Richelieu is perhaps best known for three things: his unabashed authoritarianism, his efforts to stiffen the sinews of the French state, and his controversial decision to position France … Read More

A Well-Regulated Militia

When I worked on the Hill, I was initially amused when Senators would submit a statement to the record about a bill that would pass overwhelmingly.  “Why were they spiking the ball?” I wondered to myself.  I eventually asked a more seasoned colleague who explained it wasn’t about vanity, rather it was about documenting legislative intent.  If there was ever a court challenge or controversy about the bill, the legislative … Read More

Of Bull Elephants and Mentors

In the late 1990s, juvenile elephants were killing white rhinos in the game preserves in South Africa. Park rangers were mystified. As they grappled with what to do—including killing several of the offending elephants—the rangers stumbled on a thought: the juvenile elephants had been culled from their original herds and released into new parks without being socialized by older elephants. In effect, they hadn’t learned how to behave properly as elephants. So the … Read More

The Costs of War with Dr. Rosella Cappella Zielinski

Air Dates: January 5-6, 2018 The costs of war are measured lives and treasure.  As of the day we produced this episode, 6,979 Americans have lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr. Rosella Cappella Zielinski warns that the financial costs of these wars have profound meaning for the United States, our politics, and our economy. Rosella Cappella Zielinski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at … Read More