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 […]

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What does a Nobel Laureate do for her 19th birthday? Visit a refugee camp, of course… Here is an excerpt from her speech, a call for leadership from girls, and a celebration of that leadership role: “Yes, all girls—girls here in this camp and girls who return home. Girls who fear violence in their classroom […]

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Trump’s alma mater has officially taken a stand against Trump’s exploitation and, in their mind, mis-representation, of their business pedigree. In an open letter, increasing numbers of students, alums and faculty daily sign to raise a collective leadership voice, and criticize his positions and the intolerance they spread. Will it change the minds of all […]

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Forbes celebrates the three women who founded the Black Lives Matter movement as great leaders this week. “Modern social movements often fizzle after their moment in the national news (Occupy Wall Street and to a lesser extent the Tea Party come to mind). But Black Lives Matter has steadily gained momentum since its founding in […]

Dr. Santa Ono, president of the University of Cincinnati, who made himself vulnerable in academia, models a compassionate and self-revealing leadership style rare in that arena. Check out this article about the power of social media as a forum for leaders to empower others and open up dialogue. It’s easy to highlight Ono’s use of […]

So many of us talk about being authentic, as if it is the most important quality of a leader. But what does it mean to be authentic in the challenging roles and relationships we have to navigate as leaders? This short video answers that question by showing you how to master your leadership story, and […]

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When I ask “What does it mean to be free?” everyone seems to have a different answer, because each of us has different goals, different hungers. Honoring that difference is what makes democracy work, and democracy works because we negotiate differences rather than imposing one vision on everyone. Great leaders are visionary enough to hold […]

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / People stand outside the entrance as they leave the airport after two explosions followed by gunfire hit the Turkey's biggest airport of Ataturk in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016. 
At least 10 people were killed on June 28, 2016 evening in a suicide attack at the international terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk airport, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said. Turkey has been hit by a string of deadly attacks in the past year, blamed on both Kurdish rebels and the Islamic State jihadist group. / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

In a recent post about Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s response to the bombings in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday, Rachel Maddow notes that “crises are leadership tests.” His response is clear but simplistic. She quotes him as saying, “This looks like a problem torture can solve.” Yet, she reminds us, his leadership solution (in his words, […]

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