Category Visionary Leadership

Mother Teresa: How do we understand and apply her models of “saintly” leadership?

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 […]

Nothing to Fear — Not Even Fear Itself!

There’s a lot said about the power and importance of fear, but it remains one of those emotions that we imagine leaders should avoid, a sign of weakness and hesitation. So macho, our leadership myths here in the US! But is fear really our enemy? Chris Cancialosi reminds us, in Forbes Magazine blog, that fearless […]

Three tips for improvising your way to success

Originally posted on The HSM Blog:
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been learning the art of Improv. For those of you who have never experienced such joy, Improv is a form of completely unscripted theatre or comedy, where a group of fully-grown adults create a story, characters and some kind of plot completely…

Can a Drag Queen be a leader!? Just ask the #KinseySicks…

The Kinsey Sicks, a Dragapella political satire group, have a lot of fun and share their irreverent take on history — based not only on fabulous singing but current statistics and ultra-conservative rhetoric. If you’re tired of progressives making fun of conservative politics, don’t listen in. But if you need a laugh, and some serious […]

Antidote for #Leaders Behaving Badly (You know who they are!)

#BlackLivesMatter Founders Celebrated by #Forbes

Forbes celebrates the three women who founded the Black Lives Matter movement as great leaders this week. “Modern social movements often fizzle after their moment in the national news (Occupy Wall Street and to a lesser extent the Tea Party come to mind). But Black Lives Matter has steadily gained momentum since its founding in […]

So you want to be an #authentic leader? Know your own story, and live it flexibly!!

So many of us talk about being authentic, as if it is the most important quality of a leader. But what does it mean to be authentic in the challenging roles and relationships we have to navigate as leaders? This short video answers that question by showing you how to master your leadership story, and […]

July 4: #Diversity is #AntiTerrorism

When I ask “What does it mean to be free?” everyone seems to have a different answer, because each of us has different goals, different hungers. Honoring that difference is what makes democracy work, and democracy works because we negotiate differences rather than imposing one vision on everyone. Great leaders are visionary enough to hold […]

Many Malalas: Muzoon Almellehan, Syrian Activist for Girl’s Education

Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize winning education activist who survived an assassination attempt and has become a world-wide icon for democracy, is only one of many young leaders fighting for girls’ right to learn. Muzoon Almellahan, a Syrian refugee since 2015, is fighting the same fight from Newcastle, England. Muzoon has been dubbed “the Syrian […]

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 […]