Question 1 – Policy Cycle
As noted in the readings, the policy cycle consists of eight stages: agenda setting, problem definition, alternative selection, authoritative decision, policy design, program implementation, program evaluation, and termination or change (Cropf, p. 259). In a two- to three-paragraph posting, select one of these eight stages and identify why this stage is important in the policy cycle. Respond to at least two of your classmatesâ€™ postings.
Question 2 – Personality Traits in Leaders
Please read the Forbes article (and watch the embedded video) entitled â€œLessons In Courage From Africa’s First Female President.â€ This article is a biographical piece on a fellow MPA degree holder, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first female President of Liberia, and the continentâ€™s first female head of state. Based on the content presented in the article:
â€¢ Describe what experiences Johnson-Sirleaf ascribes her leadership skills to. Are these skills that all leaders must have?
â€¢ Johnson-Sirleaf is often referred to as the â€œIron Ladyâ€. What are the personality traits that have earned her this moniker and describe generally the positive and negative implications for public administrators that demonstrate these particular personality traits?