The leadership task of prompting cognitive shifts: Shaping perceptions of issues and constituencies to achieve public service goals.

Foldy, E.G., Goldman, L. & Ospina, S.
Public 18. (Published by ESADE Business School.)

In summary, these exemplary non-profit organizations were often very strategic in how they framed problems, solutions and the people they served. This suggests that public organizations could also be more deliberate in their framing processes. Organizational leaders might want to talk explicitly about the shifts they are trying to create, and whether these fit together or act at cross purposes, in addition to how well they match the organization’s goals and mission. Prompting cognitive shifts is at the heart of public leadership.

Wagner Faculty