Author Archives: carolburbank

The Anti-Hero Syndrome: Leadership Lessons from Dexter

It’s unconscious but undeniable: what we feed our heads feeds our lives and our leadership values. The more conscious we are about it, the better off we are. It’s a good question to ask ourselves as leaders, and a great way to open up ideas in leadership training. Identifying which fictional world is feeding our […]

Presidential gibberish: Without clarity, there can be no real leadership

I believe all of us, regardless of our party affiliation, should be paying attention to these specifics, including the way he speaks, and doing our best to translate. For those of us with the inclination, comparing his assertions to facts can be illuminating. But perhaps more importantly, looking at his scattered speech and more scattered thoughts can give us insight into the scattered effects of his first days in office, and why his approval rating continues to dip (37% approve in the March 20th Gallup Poll).

Is Donald Trump a Charismatic Leader? Focusing on himself, & bypassing facts with emotional appeals are the key, says The Atlantic.

Leadership thinkers have been puzzling over how to describe President Trump’s style. Sara E. Gorman, a public-health expert, and her father, Jack M. Gorman, a psychiatrist and CEO of Franklin Behavioral Health Consultants, explore his charismatic leadership style in this interview in the Atlantic in October, 2016, just before the election. “Persuaders might want to reduce […]

What Feeds Profitable Innovation? Leadership Grounded in a Celebration Change and Diversity

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, the golden age of American innovation was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But it wasn’t a lack of regulations, or a search for stability, or a need to keep people in their traditional places that motivated these changes. It was a visionary drive that grew out of thriving and diverse new communities.

We are what we watch? Feeding leadership hungers with TV and movies

So what are you binge watching on Netflix, or following on cable this month? It may be your unconscious is giving you clues about your leadership hopes and dreams. It pays to pay attention to the ‘entertainment’ you’re drawn to. You may find clues to your aspirations and values, even in the most escapist shows. […]

Dilbert on Tweeting: Laughter is the Best Medicine….

Oh, the fake news! Oh, the tweeting! How social media runs our brains…. If we can’t laugh our way free of the angst now, then when!? Thank you Scot Adams of Dilbert fame, for saying it like it is… Please fact check! Please! Thank you….

Forbes Reports: Professional Social Media Presence Essential for Good 21st Century Leadership

The United States has a president who tweets, all the time, in the way that any celebrity might tweet. His latest, checked while I am writing this blog, advertised his interview on Fox News before the Super Bowl (“Enjoy!”), and commented on the judge who have put a hold on the Muslim ban so it […]

Healing Leadership Wounds: Marianne Williamson on Spirituality and Leadership

Are you struggling to find your own voice as a leader, wanting to ground in your own power, and find a way to speak truth in the world? Check out Marianne Williamson’s call for spirituality in leadership, in this celebration of technology and connection at Google. There are some great gems in this talk, about […]

Managing Collaborative Overload: #HBR on Knowing When and How to Give

There’s a lot of wisdom out there about the power of giving as part of powerful leadership collaboration. “Although givers are the most valuable people in organizations, they’re also at the greatest risk for burnout. When they don’t protect themselves, their investments in others can cause them to feel overloaded and fatigued, fall behind on […]

What Makes Leaders Popular? How Followers Create Imaginary Leaders, with the Power of Story and Selective Attention to Details

The Harvard Business Review this week reveals some fascinating — and somewhat disturbing — insights into the ways followers create and respond to leaders as if they were what they imagined them to be. It’s a powerful effect, one that can bolster a leader’s power and influence, at least until the imaginary bubble pops, and […]