Lessons From a Longtime Washington Leader

06/05/2015 09:33 am ET | Updated Jun 05, 2016

David Mader left the Internal Revenue Service in 2003 for the private sector after more than three decades of federal service. Yet last year he returned to government, from Booz Allen Hamilton, this time as controller of the Office of Management and Budget. He is now focused on improving management across federal agencies, working on issues such as finances, technology and acquisition.

Mader spoke about leadership, motivating employees, time management and his love of motorcycles during an interview with me.

Q. What's the best advice about work that you have ever received?

A. It's about the mission, not about you. I also was advised to be humble.

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