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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There’s a lot said about the power and importance of fear, but it remains one of those emotions that we imagine leaders should avoid, a sign of weakness and hesitation. So macho, our leadership myths here in the US! But is fear really our enemy? Chris Cancialosi reminds us, in Forbes Magazine blog, that fearless […]

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Over the last couple of years, I’ve been learning the art of Improv. For those of you who have never experienced such joy, Improv is a form of completely unscripted theatre or comedy, where a group of fully-grown adults create a story, characters and some kind of plot…

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Todd Nielsen has come up with “50 Bad Leadership Examples” that are well worth reading, either as cautionary behaviors or inspiration to horrific heights. Wanna be a Voldemort or a Hero? The choice is yours. Here they are; I’ve highlighted the ones I see most often in politics and organizations. Belittling and condescending communication to […]

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  takes part in a Center for American Progress roundtable discussion on "Expanding Opportunities in America's Urban Areas" in Washington.

The Atlantic’s special project tracking women in leadership now is a great way to understand some of the controversies and benefits of the historic possibility of Hilary Clinton as our first female president. “Who run the world?” Beyoncé asked half a decade ago. She was confident of the answer: girls. While her prophecy has not […]

The Kinsey Sicks, a Dragapella political satire group, have a lot of fun and share their irreverent take on history — based not only on fabulous singing but current statistics and ultra-conservative rhetoric. If you’re tired of progressives making fun of conservative politics, don’t listen in. But if you need a laugh, and some serious […]

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There’s good news if we look for it, in leaders who take the best of our history and stand up (or sit down to strike for) healthy change. Today, I want to remind us to Here’s Congressman John Lewis leading a sit-down strike with fellow democrats, a gesture that turned out, as these peaceful gestures […]

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