Court Leadership Has to Be the Best In Times Like This

posted by Judge_Burke @ 18:42 PM
September 22, 2011

Research shows that the number one predictor of organizational excellence is effective leadership.  Research also shows that having fully engaged, competent, motivated, and empowered judges and court employees is necessary to achieve and sustain high performance.  But ensuring effective leadership and achieving a fully engaged workforce is challenging, especially during tough times. What too many courts face is a whirlwind challenge of budget challenges and a political environment that does not always recognize the proper role and importance of the judiciary and our courthouse employees. If you are interested in reading about courthouse leadership focused on morale issues there is  online version of an  article featured in the NCSC Future Trends in State Courts 2011 publication, It Is All About the People Who Work in the Courthouse. Whether you are a judge in a leadership position in your court or not all of us contribute type of place we work in. While courts cannot control budgets unilaterally we have a dominate influence on morale.  Pop quizzes about leadership styles are most of the time about as accurate or useful as the “pop” adjective implies. But there is an interesting one at

http://guides.wsj.com/management/developing-a-leadership-style/how-to-develop-a-leadership-style/  The site is not geared to leadership in a courthouse but spending five minutes with it might give you some insight into your strengths and weakness as a judicial leader.


8 Responses to “Court Leadership Has to Be the Best In Times Like This”

  1. Gerald T. Elliott Says:

    I didn’t find the pop quiz I was expecting but I did find a very interesting and useful series of short articles that anyone who is looked to for leadership can benefit from.

  2. Gerald T. Elliott Says:

    These are a quick and useful read for judges. Whether we are in a large or small court and whether we have a leadership post or not, we as judges are looked to for leadership in a variety of situations. These short pieces provide some good useful information which is easily applicable in a variety of leadership opportunities. Thanks for bringing them to our attention, Kevin.

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