L14: Leadership Lessons of Dr. Seuss: Encouraging Creative Leadership in Local Government

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L14: Leadership Lessons of Dr. Seuss:
Encouraging Creative Leadership in
Local Government

Leadership
Training insTiTuTe
National League of Cities



Leadership Lessons of Dr.
Seuss: Encouraging
Creative Leadership in
Local Government
Trainer(s):
Kathleen Novak

Director
Rocky Mountain Program, University
of Colorado, Denver
Campus Box 133, PO Box 173364



Denver, CO 80217-




(720) 339-5845
(303) 451-6278

[email protected]





National League of Cities
Leadership Training Institute
sponsored seminar held March 14, 2010
in conjunction with the Congressional City Conference, Washington, DC

Dr. Seuss on the Loose!
The Leadership Lessons of Dr. Seuss
Presented by:
Kathleen Novak
Center for the Improvement of Public Management
School of Public Affairs – University of Colorado Denver


Purposes:
• Facilitate your leadership journey in an
innovative way
• Inspire you to look beyond traditional
sources to enhance your leadership
development
• Examine key leadership concepts inspired
by Dr. Seuss (and others!)



The High “C’s” – Key
Leadership Concepts
• Commitment
• Creativity
• Change
• Conflict
• Collaboration
• Context
• Conversation
• Courage

•Fourth-bestselling
English-language
children's book
(novel) of all time
•Dr. Seuss's
publisher wagered
$50 that Seuss could
not write a book using
only fifty different
words.

Green Eggs and Ham Case
Study
• What leadership qualities is each character
exhibiting?
• What qualities is each failing to exhibit?
• What are the implications for the leader’s vision?
• What does Sam finally do differently that helps
him achieve his goal?
• What does all of this have to do with your
community, with your leadership behaviors
and abilities, and with the leadership visions
you want to create?

Green Eggs and Ham Case
Study
• What does each character want and expect?
• How well are they communicating?
• What are the relationships among the
characters, and what happens to those
relationships throughout the story?
• How does the context affect each character?
• How do each characters’ actions affect the
context and the other characters?
• What does Sam finally do differently that helps
him achieve his goal?
• What does all of this have to do with your
change efforts?

Document Outline

  • Dr. SeussNLC handouts.pdf
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