As a kid I can remember playing the game follow the leader. I always wanted to be the leader because the leader determined where we were going and what we were doing. The object of the game was unless you were the leader you had to do exactly what the leader did. In any organization, be it government, business or not-for-profit, what the leader does the people will follow.
Everything rises and falls on leadership. You don’t lead things, you lead people. If the leadership sets a standard of being a good steward of resources, then the people will be a good steward of the resources. If the president of the United States is loose with government resources than his cabinet members will follow.