This blog explores the spirit of leadership — that is, what is the heart and soul of great leadership? How do we make sense of leadership failures and successes, expectations and disappointments? All of us, leaders and followers, are caught in a web of myths, challenges, visionary goals and contradictions that we must face with […]

Originally posted on Neighborhoods and Nations:
by Vince Boudreau, Dean, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership Over the years, we’ve brought scores of accomplished men and women to visit students in our leadership programs.  Most of these men and women—businesspeople, policy makers, lawyers and public servants—come with some specific public concern or policy…

Metaphor: it leads us where we need to go.  Check out this million-viewed Ted Talk from Derek Silvers, if you haven’t already, analyzing creative followership by watching dancers on a recreational hillside! Here’s what he said… Here’s a transcript from Derek Siver’s Ted Talk, the transcript (and video) on his website, in case you prefer […]

Leadership Freak posted a recent blog about Ellen DeGeneres’ leadership style, and the value of the environment she creates in her talk show. He has some interesting observations about her influence and style, focusing mainly on her presentational fun-ness and her personal focus on happiness as a comedian. He encourages us to learn from comedians, […]

Originally posted on DCulberhouse:
Creativity is unleashed not only through the mindset we engage…but the environments we create. Creativity is not always an individual sport. It is often the result of collaborative clashes and conversational hit-and-runs. Our ongoing flow of ideas and creativity is often as much an accidental occurrence as it is from our…

Last week, in the Huffington Post, Faisal Hoque celebrated the power of creative leadership and the fact that there’s “poetry as well as plumbing” involved in the process. His blog is full of great ideas for creative leadership, including this rubric for making sure your business team has everything it needs by categorizing the kinds […]

Looking for some good, smart storytelling about contemporary leadership in corporations? Check out Dana Ardi’s 2013 book, The Fall of the Alphas: the New Beta Way to Connect and Lead. Like me, Ardi is a trained anthropologist/ethnographer — a student of culture and the ways people work together, play together, and build stories that fuel […]

Leadership and gratitude are usually linked with an idea that an appreciated follower is a happy one. But recent research indicates that leaders who cultivate gratitude may also have more ability to delay immediate gratification to build sustainable solutions and support a stronger long-term bottom line in business and personal finances. David Destino, in the […]

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