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 The Stake:
The work of Anita Sarkeesian and her project, Feminist Frequency, has always been controversial. To some at least. Sarkeesian has been on the receiving end of the worst venom the internet can produce. Everything from mockery to rape and death threats have been directed at her, on and off-line, because of her…

Sometimes, leadership is speaking truth about the importance of being counted, especially when you represent millions of girls who lack fundamental rights. Here are MalalaYousafzai’s inspiring words, from an interview in the Guardian, Children’s section. “How important do you feel it is that young people are allowed to follow their own paths and make their […]

From punk protest to world renoun, check out who’s profiled in Vanity Fair? Pussy Riot has made the pop culture grade, acquiring glamour as well as a reputation for standing up for freedom of speech in Russia. Here’s a preview! “‘How do you pronounce this word? En-door? Endure. Endure.” Masha Alyokhina repeated the word several […]

James McGregor Burns wrote, “In real life, the most practical advice for leaders is not to treat pawns like pawns, nor princes like princes, but all persons like persons.” In real life — that is, in the daily relationships between leaders, colleagues and followers, where people are people, playing roles but living them at the […]

I’ve been a teacher most of my adult life, and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s this — pay attention to the messages students are giving in their body language! Although a few people can trick us with their physical attention as much as their words, it’s body language that helps us measure whether we’re […]

Recently, Lance Armstrong is back in the news — still an athlete in the hearts of of his fans and in fact, but eating humble pie. Does he want his leadership role back? He’s certainly a celebrity, but does that make him a leader? According to an interview in NBC News, “Armstrong, who was stripped […]

According to the notable, recently passed leadership scholar Warren Bennis, “Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.” What’s on your dance card? What leadership music do you hear today? Get moving — it’s yours….

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