In Session: Leading the Judiciary is an audio podcast designed to bring cutting-edge thinking about public- and private-sector leadership to the attention of judiciary executives. Each episode includes a conversation with one or more thought leaders whose research and expertise are relevant to the work of executives in the federal courts.
Episode 24: Cultivating an Inclusive Workplace
Stefanie K. Johnson, author of Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams, discusses how diversity without inclusion fails to capitalize on the value of diverse teams. According to Dr. Johnson’s research, leaders must ensure individuals feel a sense of belonging, which includes encouraging all staff to use what makes them unique for the benefit of the organization.
Episode 23: Leveraging Our Individual Paths to Leadership
Meredith Persily Lamel, coauthor of The Six Paths to Leadership: Lessons from Successful Executives, Politicians, Entrepreneurs, and More, discusses the different paths leaders take to arrive at their formal positions of authority, why those paths matter, and the opportunities and challenges inherent in each path so leaders can create more personal satisfaction and greater organizational success.
Episode 22: How Rethinking Revolutionizes Decision Making
Adam Grant, author of Think Again discusses the value of making the time to rethink and unlearn to achieve personal and organizational success. He encourages leaders to replace “best practices” with a continual search for better practices, and to be humble, curious and receptive, leading to positive change and growth.
Episode 21: Lessons in Leadership from the White House to the Courthouse
Michael Siegel, retiring FJC Sr. Education Specialist and author of The President as Leader, applies a four-part leadership framework to modern presidencies to analyze what makes a successful leader, whether in the White House or the courthouse. He also has observations and advice for court leaders gained over thirty-three years at the FJC.
Episode 20: Transitioning Gracefully to Executive Leadership
Ron Carucci, coauthor of the best-selling book Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives, asserts that research shows that power is more likely to be abandoned out of fear than abused for self interest. He discusses how proper preparation leading to accurate expectation setting is instrumental to both personal and organizational success.
BONUS Off Paper – Episode 19: Dr. Michael Siegel on Leadership in U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services and the Federal Courts
Dr. Michael Siegel, Senior Education Specialist, Federal Judicial Center, created the Leadership Development Program for U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers (LDP) in the mid-1990s. Since that time over 1,000 officers have graduated from the program, many of whom have gone on to lead their districts as chiefs, deputies, and supervisory officers. Through LDP and other programs, Dr. Siegel is, in large part, responsible for creating a culture of leadership in U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services. Over his more than thirty-year career at the Federal Judicial Center, he has conducted leadership seminars with virtually every part of the court family: judges of all kinds, clerks of court, court executives, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. His portfolio of programs and projects includes many other topics as well. In this episode of Off Paper, Dr. Siegel discusses LDP’s origins, the characteristics of good leaders, and his perspective on leadership generally and within the federal courts.