Government leaders want to amplify their impact. The problem is, their ability to make an impact is largely determined by who they hire or appoint. Hiring and leading an effective team is one of the most important jobs any elected or appointed government leader faces. To improve their capability in this important area, we recommend four action steps:
Praise For Leadocracy
[ "Our future, the world's future, depends on attracting better leaders to government. Leadocracy provides a blueprint for how to do it. Reading it is an inspiration."
—Governor John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado ]
[ "Leadocracy documents what we in Indiana have learned firsthand: With leadership from citizens possessing the right mix of experience and vision, good government is not a lost cause."
—Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana ]
[ "Geoff Smart makes clear the compelling need for top talent to choose public service. Leadocracy demonstrates the difference strong leadership makes in the public and private sectors."
—Governor Jack Markell of Delaware ]
[ "Private sector leadership is badly needed in the public sector. Leadocracy shows us how to make this happen."
—Mark Emkes, Commissioner of Finance & Administration, State of Tennessee, and former CEO of Bridgestone Americas ]
[ "It is high time that we focus far more on improving the return on investment of our tax dollars. The best approach for accomplishing this is for successful business leaders to step forward and give back by applying their wealth of practical business experience and objective fact-based analysis to government leadership and decision making."
—Fred Steingraber, President of Kenilworth, IL, and Chairman Emeritus, A.T. Kearney ]
[ "Nothing we do in government is as important as who we hire into key leadership roles. Leadocracy , and Geoff's previous book Who, outline principles that we have applied with great success here in Colorado."
—Roxane White, Chief of Staff to Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado ]
[ "What a 'Smart' book! Leadocracy redefines government leadership and what it should be, results-based and focused on why true leaders choose to work in government—to help better the lives of others in a streamlined, efficient, and accountable manner."
—Lynn Johnson, Executive Director, Jefferson County, CO, Department of Human Services ]
[ "I was in business, then served as Mayor of Warrenton, Virginia where we improved government services, slashed taxes 75 percent, and led the country with our Green Initiative. Leadocracy is not fiction, it is real!"
—George Fitch, former Mayor of Warrenton, VA ]
[ "The problems of government are not insurmountable, if the right leaders are in charge. Leadocracy is our way forward."
—Mayor Charles Harris of York, NE ]
[ "Education reform and government reform are inter-related. I believe that leadership is the answer to both. I applaud Geoff Smart's initiative and willingness to bring his hiring methods into the public sector with Leadocracy ."
—Wendy Kopp, Founder, Teach For America ]
[ "Looking for a silver bullet solution to the world's problems? It isn't money, technology, or a magical pill. I'm with Geoff; it's leadership."
—Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person, dosomething.org ]
[ "As Leadocracy points out, whether you are in the social or private sector, leadership is about releasing the energy in others."
—Robin Wise, President & CEO, Junior Achievement–Rocky Mountain ]
[ "We have used Geoff Smart's methods for hiring here at KIPP with great results. We would love to see them applied to how government leaders are selected, the way he outlines in Who and Leadocracy ."
—Mike Feinberg and David Levin, Cofounders, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program, the largest charter school operator in the United States) ]
[ Leadocracy is a refreshingly simply solution to the problem of government dysfunction."
—H. Wayne Huizenga, Chairman, Huizenga Holdings and former Founder and CEO of three Fortune 500 companies ]
[ "At a time of deep doubt about the ability of our federal government to manage our country, Leadocracy provides a reason for hope. As Geoff Smart demonstrates in this timely book, with great leadership no problem is unsolvable."
—Ken Griffin, CEO of Citadel ]
[ "As someone who has seen up close hundreds of companies succeed or fail, I can tell you that the quality of the leader is the number one driver of success. Leadocracy shows how to get more great leaders into government, which we sorely need."
—Steve Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO, and Cofounder, The Blackstone Group ]
[ "If we don't have leadership in this country with the experience to develop a smart long-term economic growth plan, the guts to aggressively execute it, and the perseverance to stick with it over the long haul, we'll never again see the economic prosperity we've come to take for granted."
—Ted Waitt, Chairman, Avalon Capital Group and Waitt Family Foundation, Founder & former CEO of Gateway ]
[ "Leadership is the key to human progress. Geoff Smart's book leads the way."
—Charles Butt, Chairman, H-E-B ]
[ "If we can systematically find ways to attract our best leaders to government, as Leadocracy describes, the quality of life of our society will improve."
—John Malone, Ph.D., Chairman, Liberty Media Corporation ]
[ "A high-performing government requires high-performing leaders; Leadocracy convincingly shows that we have an under-tapped supply in the private sector and desperately need to engage them."
—Professor Steven Kaplan, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business ]
[ "I am encouraged by the idea of more great private sector leaders going into the public sector, a trend which Leadocracy outlines."
—Professor Morten Sorensen, Columbia Business School> ]
[ "The evaluation of any organization starts with an assessment of the leader. Geoff Smart has made a compelling case for leader-oriented government reform in Leadocracy."
—Professor Stewart Donaldson, Dean & Chair of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University ]
[ "Part diagnosis, part call-to-arms, Geoff Smart's Leadocracy injects a thought-provoking new voice into the dialogue about how to improve our government. It will hopefully spark better leaders to seek key positions at all levels of government."
—Professor Noam Wasserman, Harvard Business School, author of The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup ]
[ "Geoff Smart is the world expert on the topic of hiring leaders. What he suggests we do in Leadocracy to get more great leaders into government is wise counsel."
—Marshall Goldsmith, the world's #1 Leadership Thinker (Thinkers50, Harvard Business Review) and New York Times bestselling author or editor of 31 books, including What Got You Here Won't Get You There ]
[ "Geoff Smart is one of the nation's top thinkers on how to hire great people. And he has put his finger on our fundamental failure as voters—we don't hire great people into government. Leadocracy shows how that can change."
—Atul Gawande, MD, surgeon and bestselling author of The Checklist Manifesto ]
[ "Leadocracy helps to demystify government, and shows how great leaders from the private sector can make a difference in the public sector, for the good of us all."
—Aaron Kennedy, Founder, Noodles & Company ]
[ "Geoff Smart's previous book, Who, was the number one most impactful book on my career as a CEO. I am hopeful Leadocracy will be as impactful on society."
—Craig Zoberis, CEO, Fusion OEM ]
[ "It is about time this subject got the thoughtful treatment it deserves. The sad fact is our government is a source of competitive disadvantage for our country. The happy fact is Geoff's book may start to change that."
—Kent Thiry, Chairman & CEO, Davita ]
[ "I would LOVE to see more of Geoff Smart's principles of hiring applied to how we choose our government leaders."
—Kevin Burns, Managing Principal, Lazard Technology Partners, and former CEO of InterSolv ]
[ "Geoff is an absolute wonder to work with, and even more so to experience! His brilliantly simple approach to the seemingly complex issues of leadership is second to none."
—Leslie Baum, Head of Global Learning, Entrepreneurs' Organization, and Director of EO's Entrepreneurial Masters Program ]
[ "The world continues to grow in complexity while the democratic process we use to govern has become mired in bureaucracy and increasingly ineffective. Leadocracy offers a provocative new strategy to engage our strongest leaders, enabling government agencies to deliver more with less."
—Mark Hopkins, Managing Partner, Cresendo Capital Partners, Former CEO of Peak Industries, and author of Shortcut to Prosperity ]
[ "One of my main goals in business is to find and grow great leaders. Our success depends on it. Sadly, there is no such training ground in government. We should expect more from our politicians and Leadocracy makes a strong case for greater private participation in the public sector."
—Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global ]
[ "Leadocracy provides practical and thoughtful suggestions on how to attract great leaders into government."
—Mark T. Gallogly, Managing Principal and Cofounder, Centerbridge Partners ]
[ "Geoff Smart's methods have helped me hire a great team. I can only imagine how much good will be done for society when this approach is applied to hiring government leaders."
—Scott Clawson, President, GSI ]
[ "Great leaders go through stages in their careers. Leadocracy makes a great case for why one of those stages should be a stint in government."
—Chrismon Nofsinger, Ph.D., CEO, The Nofsinger Group, and author of The Shift From One to Many ]
[ "Geoff Smart is 'the man' when it comes to hiring. I am pleased to see him applying his methods to the daunting task of selecting government leaders. Leadocracy is a step in the right direction."
—Darrin Anderson, RVP, HD Supply ]
[ "I loved my job in the private sector. I love my job in the public sector. People seem to think that government is only about gridlock and dysfunction. It's not, as Leadocracy illustrates. Great leaders can make a huge difference, and they can have a fun and meaningful chapter of their career in government."
—Ken Lund, Executive Director, Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and former Managing Partner, HRO ]
[ "I used to say that I would never in a million years consider going into government. However, Leadocracy has changed my mind."
—Greg Alexander, CEO, Sales Benchmark Index, and author of Making the Number ]
[ "Geoff Smart's approach to hiring was game changing for me as CEO, which allowed my team to deliver a 67 percent internal rate of return to our investors. I can only hope his expertise has the same kind of impact on the world of government leadership, which badly needs it."
—Panos Anastassiadis, former CEO of Cyveillence ]
[ "Finding a way to get more ethical and competent leaders in government is critical for the future of our way of life. Leadocracy applies Geoff Smart's hiring method to the public sector, which badly needs it."
—Selim Bassoul, Chairman & CEO, Middleby Corporation ]
[ "Leadocracy is bound to be one of the most impactful books of our generation. Government desperately needs more great leaders. Great leaders need a sense of meaning and challenge in their careers. When the two come together, the game will change for the better."
—Eric Cohen, President, Power Plant Services ]
[ "I have limited time and choose the business books I read carefully. They must be logical but simple, compelling but fun, and above all direct us on how to make an impact. Once again Geoff has inspired me."
—Paul Ford, CEO, Total Attorneys ]
[ "Leadocracy signals a movement that is underway to hire more great leaders into government. I hope my fellow Brits figure this one out too; our way of life depends on it."
—Richard Bryan, Managing Director, BBH Properties ]
[ "Thousands of successful entrepreneurs around the world know about Geoff Smart's ideas about leadership and performance, and they apply them with great success. In Leadocracy , I am pleased to see the world of government is starting to take note."
—Verne Harnish, Founder, Entrepreneurs' Organization, and author of Mastering the Rockefeller Habits ]
[ "Geoff Smart finally answers the question, 'Are great leaders born or made?'"
—Blair Richardson, Managing Partner and Cofounder, Bow River Capital Partners ]
[ "Leadocracy has the potential to change the game of how government works; Geoff Smart is the right person to speak to the topic of picking leaders."
—Dan Hemphill, Founder & President of Hemphill Search Group ]
[ "The sooner we put into practice the tools in Leadocracy , the sooner we can fix what is broken with our government."
—Rob Lindemann, CEO, Lindemann Chimney Co. ]
[ "Leadership is the root of all things good or evil in an organization. Government is no different, as Leadocracy shows."
—Craig Williams, CEO, CommunityLink Communications ]
[ "Talent guru Geoff Smart has hit the mark outlining why our best leaders shun politics, and why they are the panacea we need, and what we can do about it. Bravo!"
—G. Michael Maddock, author, speaker, and Founder/CEO of Agency of Innovation, Maddock Douglas ]
[ "Geoff Smart's book Who gave us the key strategies and methods that helped us hire top talent. This has allowed us to create an award-winning culture and excel in our social mission. Leadocracy shows how to hire great leaders for the public sector."
—Scott Mesh, Ph.D., CEO, Los Niños Services ]