Managing the Relationship of First Nation Political Leaders and Their Staff

DOWNLOAD  |  This study speaks to an underlying issue relevant to all First Nation governments: what should be the relationship between political leaders and their staff.  This issue is of course not unique to First Nation governments and organizations.  Indeed all democratic governments face similar challenges. The purpose of the paper is fourfold: i) to analyze the relationship of political leaders and their staff in a First Nation context, with particular attention to some of the unique features that colour this relationship; ii) to present principles for how this relationship can be placed on a sound footing; iii) to illustrate various approaches that First Nations have taken in creating a sound relationship, and iv) to develop an analytical tool that can help leaders and staff to analyze their current relationship and decide where modifications are required.

Author: John Graham

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