Category Barack Obama

Leadership So Far: Three Things I Know for Sure

There are so many questions about leadership, so many stories! And I’m as bad/good as everyone else, as smart/dumb about buying into mythologies and processes that succeed/fail. Leadership is a great unknown, a dream of a common language of aspiration, of hope, of transformation. I was thinking this morning — what do I really know about […]

3 Leadership Tips from Bill Moyers

In a recent interview in the Progressive, journalist Bill Moyers offered a lot of wisdom and some insights into his perspective on the current challenges we face in the US. (The whole article is well worth reading: go to it here!) In terms of leadership advice, here are three nuggets that I particularly appreciated: 1. […]

Leading US Astray: Gov Shutdown Models Three Reasons Creating a Crisis isn’t Leadership

The government is officially, if temporarily, rebooted. Federal workers are back on the Beltway on excruciating commutes and sighs of relief. The cavernous halls of monumental Washington buildings echo with harried footsteps. Now that the Republican-induced crisis is over, everyone’s talking about leadership — what can we do to prevent this from happening again!?  Well, […]

Malala Yousafzai Holds Space for a new kind of American leadership at the White House

Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai met with President Obama, sharing both her vision for education for women and girls and a challenge for US policy. She reported: “I thanked [him for] supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees. I also expressed my concerns that drove attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in […]

March on Washington: 50th Anniversary, Obama Steps Up

Today on the National Mall, thousands celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Rousing speeches and song commemorated the event that set great change in motion, and called Americans to continue marching, continue fighting for the rights each of us deserve: equality, good education, good work, and healthy communities. President Obama’s speech was […]

The Interrupters: Inspiring Leadership in the Streets

The spirit of leadership shows best when individuals put themselves on the line for the good of community. I write about this heartfelt, courageous form of leadership as aloha leadership, a committed, holistic practice of leadership that works with core values of integrity, self-knowledge, and respect for relationships. Certainly, the Interrupters are a living example […]

The Myth of Presidential Leadership: Obama’s challenge revisited

Norm Ornstein writes, in his National Review Column, The Myth of Presidential Leadership, “Many Washington pundits are critical of the president’s ability to wrangle concessions out of Congress, but they forget that his power has limits.” Here’s the meat of his argument: I have been struck by this phenomenon a lot recently, because at nearly […]