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Athenian Oath

“We will never bring disgrace on this our City by an act of dishonesty or cowardice. We will fight for the ideals and Sacred Things of the City both alone and with many. We will revere and obey the City's laws, and will do our best to incite a like reverence and respect in those above us who are prone to annul them or set them at naught. We will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty. Thus, in all these ways, we will transmit this City not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us."


  • To enhance understanding of organizational dynamics and the theories and practices that relate to organizational culture and performance, with a major focus on principles that enable leadership practices at all levels. 
  • To reflect upon and share personal insights, professional experiences, and philosophical thinking related to the common purpose of public service leadership, to the development of high-performance teams and organizations, and to the cultivation of inclusive, diverse, and open organizational values and practices.
  • To identify the leadership principles, strategies, and practices that contribute to the creation and operation of a high performing organization and to explore their practical application in organizations today to inspire and enable employees to excel. 
  • To assist public administrators with the professional responsibilities necessary to articulate and to enliven the Athenian oath within their organization and community.


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