Category Buzzwords and Theories

A Handy Guide to Traditional vs. Collaborative Leadership

8 Differences between Traditional and Collaborative Leaders Thanks Innocentive for this useful guide — where are you, reader? Maybe a little bit of both? Where’s your growing edge?

Gina Barreca:”If you lean in, will men just look down your blouse?”

Gina Barreca, columnist, essayist and UConn prof, is one of my heroes — funny, wise, and very, very smart. So, today, let’s celebrate the March 2016 publication of her latest book, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? From the title essay, a laugh about lean-in leadership: “I sure do appreciate […]

Authentic Relationships make the Authentic Leader!

Petra Kuenkel gets it right here: “Building resonance becomes the cornerstone of our ability to influence people and events. How would our journey be different if we have always led through creating relationships, enhancing authenticity in people, listening for what wants to emerge, listening to people, looking for common ground, being open, engaging, creating shared […]

Relationship tips for entrepreneurial leaders

An article in Entrepreneur Magazine argues that effective leaders always make relationships a priority.    “You tend to achieve your top priorities. So even though it may be hard to admit your need other people, you’ve got to make them a priority.” Their advice: BE REAL. BE A GIVER. BE APPRECIATIVE. Great leaders know this, […]

The Wild Truth: Was Chris McCandless trauma victim, hero, or just a lost seeker? Why his celebrity doesn’t teach us as much as we might think…

Much has been written about Chris McCandless’ fatal journey Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer’s biography made into a successful movie. Now Carine McCandless’ book shares the backstory she asked Krakauer to minimize, and what a difference it makes when we think of her brother’s early death! Krakauer’s story turned McCandless into a modern day luddite […]

Poet Charles Bukowski on the crab bucket theory, and the loneliness of the leader

I love this poem. It shows that freedom — and by extension innovation — is about taking a risk, despite what the other crabs say, and then dealing with the consequences, good and bad. This is a lonely, liberating moment most innovators have to take in order to achieve their goals.

Inspiration to ask great questions from Coach K’s Sanyin Siang

Sanyin Siang, of Duke University’s Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center, says there are 6 types of questions great leaders ask: “Effective leaders use questions to: 1. Establish credibility and convey who they are. Effective leaders are fearless about asking questions because a well-framed question can highlight the understanding of an issue, and communicate the […]