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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Ravens: They’re Wise Birds! According to Science Daily, they apparently don’t tolerate cheaters, but they cooperate with other ravens they can trust to be fair! If that’s not a leadership partnership lesson, I don’t know what is! “In the experiment two ravens had to simultaneously pull the two ends of one rope to slide a […]

Just for today, let’s lead TOGETHER…..

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Should you be transparent about your feelings and challenges? Should you be cautious, and strategic in your leadership persona? Such a paradox, in a world that claims to love authentic leadership! Authenticity is a double-edged sword, building trust and breaking it down, depending on how we perform our true selves. According to Hermania Ibarra, in […]

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It’s a big story, one that’s been mostly underreported in the mainstream press, but it’s news — indigenous people are fighting with their lives to prevent the Bakken oil pipeline on sacred land/reservation territory.   The encampment continues to grow daily, with acts of civil disobedience and community ritual and education combining to make it […]

Pope Francis is a leader who can hold paradoxical ideas, and guide us to consider issues from many sides. Not my stereotypical idea of a pope — and that’s inspiring to me. According to the Washington Post, he’s been challenging tech leaders to stretch the envelope of their creativity, putting the human back into the […]

Good leaders are constantly striving for excellence. They start with themselves, then raise the bar for their team. It’s a journey that requires a combination of self awareness and growth. I had a chance to experience both of these things when I recently accepted a new position with my company. Eight months ago, I stepped […] […]

Mother Teresa was a spiritual leader, a mythic figure in the charity world. As she’s canonized for sainthood in September, it seemed like a good time to review some assessments of her leadership. Leading change, “one person at a time….” Don Jacobson writes that leading one person at a time might seem like a difficult […]