Senior Foreign Service Officer Tim Davis shares lessons learned on leadership, diversity, managing State Department principals, closing the U.S. Consulate in Basra, and navigating Secretary Clinton’s email controversy


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Tim "Timmy" Davis is an active duty Foreign Service Officer and career member of the Senior Foreign Service. In this episode, Tim shares lessons learned on leadership, beginning with his experience as a U.S. Marine. He also discusses how to develop strong teams, instill a work ethic, promote selflessness, encourage diversity, and increase recruitment. Mr. Davis also shares lessons learned closing the U.S. Consulate in Basra, Iraq, and take-aways from Secretary Clinton's e-mail controversy.

Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.

For those interested in exploring a career in the Foreign Service, please visit Careers.State.Gov. To find out more about this episode's guest or to dig further into the history and practice of U.S. diplomacy, visit or

Special thanks to Harvard's Sama Kubba and Syed Ahmed. This episode is brought to you as part of an Una Chapman Cox Foundation project on American Diplomacy and the Foreign Service

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