Category Sustainable Leadership

Standing with the Protectors of #Standingrock: leading a growing movement to save our water

We have lots of good and bad leadership on display in the mainstream media this presidential season, and it’s been hard to watch. Maybe, once we’ve voted, it is time to turn our sights on some leaders who aren’t getting the attention they deserve. Today, let’s start with the pipeline protesters in Standing Rock, North […]

Faith Matters: Foundations for Good Leadership

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, a foundation of faith can lead to good faith leadership practices! It’s a timely message, because we’re so often faced with politicians and other leaders who claim a faith that doesn’t “trickle down” to their actions.

October Leadership Hauntings II: Exorcise the Ghosts of Your Past!

We are born from a long chain of legacies, stories, heroes and villains who instruct us, hobble us, or inspire us. Our ancestors, mentors, and nightmare bosses lived in our past, but the ghosts of our personal and professional ancestors still haunt us, don’t they? The ancestors we are proud to claim inspire us to […]

October Hauntings: The Ghost of Chris McAndless, the anti/hero who never got a chance to be a leader

His bus is like Christine, Steven King’s living car, except that instead of being demonically possessed, it’s become a pilgrimage where young, dispossessed hikers go to work out their inner demons.

Learning Leadership from Ravens

Ravens: They’re Wise Birds! According to Science Daily, they apparently don’t tolerate cheaters, but they cooperate with other ravens they can trust to be fair! If that’s not a leadership partnership lesson, I don’t know what is! “In the experiment two ravens had to simultaneously pull the two ends of one rope to slide a […]

Leading Together: Inspiration from #MotherTeresa

Just for today, let’s lead TOGETHER…..

#HBR: The Authenticity Paradox in Leadership

Should you be transparent about your feelings and challenges? Should you be cautious, and strategic in your leadership persona? Such a paradox, in a world that claims to love authentic leadership! Authenticity is a double-edged sword, building trust and breaking it down, depending on how we perform our true selves. According to Hermania Ibarra, in […]

Native American Leaders: Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline

It’s a big story, one that’s been mostly underreported in the mainstream press, but it’s news — indigenous people are fighting with their lives to prevent the Bakken oil pipeline on sacred land/reservation territory.   The encampment continues to grow daily, with acts of civil disobedience and community ritual and education combining to make it […]

Pope Francis, embracing complexity: Meets with Tech Giants to Discuss Blessings and Pain from New Technologies

Pope Francis is a leader who can hold paradoxical ideas, and guide us to consider issues from many sides. Not my stereotypical idea of a pope — and that’s inspiring to me. According to the Washington Post, he’s been challenging tech leaders to stretch the envelope of their creativity, putting the human back into the […]

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 […]