Category Leadership Myths, Buzzwords and Theories

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. […]

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 […]

The Psychology that Supports a Leader Like Donald Trump

Trump celebrants keep saying, “Get over it,” as if followers should be passive, either cheerleaders or out of the way. But there’s a difference between expressing disappointment or joy, and asking good questions. And it’s the American way to expect leaders and followers on both sides of the aisle to be interested in questions about patterns of […]

Bad Leadership Lessons: Ignorance is Never Bliss

Knowledge is the foundation of effective leadership decisions. That’s so obvious I’m embarrassed to have to write it down. But in this age called “post-fact” even by people who know that facts are important, it’s time to restate the obvious, as loudly and as often as we can. Today’s bad leadership blog answers the question: […]

A Nail Biting Day for America: Voting in a Contentious Time

Is anyone else having trouble focusing on work? I am doing all sorts of smaller tasks, and trying to avoid the news, longing for distraction, anxious, hopeful and scared. It’s the day we vote, and decide the fate of our country for the next four years. On this day, our vote is our leadership, but […]