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 […]

Climate change: it’s real, scientifically documented, linked to human use of the planet, and a danger to survival for all of us. That it’s been declared “controversial” according to many corporate, political, and religious leaders is even more dangerous. But the Union of Concerned Scientists is committed to leading the preservation and sharing of knowledge […]

Twitter has become a political force, used and misused to judge, shame and spread confusion. Jon Ronson’s Ted Talk on public shaming shows how Twitter has become a bandwagon for shaming and unquestioning mis/interpretation and instant comments. Ronson tracks a bad twitter joke gone viral as it destroyed one woman’s life. “Like toddlers crawling towards […]

Obama’s farewell speech, eloquent and passionately delivered, spoke to a divided nation in need of a bridge between two very different presidents. He called on the foundations of our democracy, and the core values of citizenship in the US, to remind us that we are, at our heart, a nation dedicated to service. He said: […]

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 […]

New Year’s Resolutions: probably the most broken promises in the world, next to campaign promises! But if you’re a leader who believes your word matters, there are ways to keep your feet on the ground, your head in your vision, and your integrity matched with your goals. Here are three kinds of resolutions that will […]

So I’ve been thinking about theories of leadership that are based in human connection, valuing people over profits, and community over power games. Here are a couple programs that inspire me with hope for future generations: 1. Kiwanis Service Leadership Trainings: “Kiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable and […]