Granted, this comes from a fairly limited sample size, so I may be off here.
About 14 months ago, after I was told I was one of the lead candidates for a PD job for a suburb of Dallas, I was asked to complete a questionnaire. However, none of the questions were related to planning; the majority dealt with "leadership" in some way.
In the three-day interview process (!) for my most recent gig, in a suburb of Austin, again there was an emphasis on "leadership" that I never encountered in other interviews. What's my leadership experience? What's my leadership philosophy? Have I had formal leadership training? How am I a good leader? How will I be a good leader? Over and over again, I was questioned about my leadership philosophy.
So, is this emphasis on "leadership" for local government jobs in Texas something that is a peculiarity of the state's culture? Any else encounter it?