Tag Archives: aloha

Metaphors and Leadership: How Do We Make Sense of This Crisis?

We live through story; so it’s important to pay attention to the metaphors we use about our leaders. In the Washington Post yesterday, David Ignatius used a powerful metaphor to describe the sequestration crisis. It tells a difficult about leadership, about the crisis, and about what we need to do. Co-dependent Leadership and the House […]

Learning from the Land: Integrative Leadership

Great leadership is about relationships — not just with people, but with the land itself. I’ve just returned from a visit to Hawaii, one of the few places I’ve visited where the land itself is a strong leader.  Even most non-native Hawaiians recognize the power of the land, and talk about “malama aina” — respecting […]

Mapping the Spirit of Leadership

This blog explores the spirit of leadership — that is, what is the heart and soul of great leadership? How do we make sense of leadership failures and successes, expectations and disappointments? All of us, leaders and followers, are caught in a web of myths, challenges, visionary goals and contradictions that we must face with […]

Tibet under China: International Aloha needed in desperate times

Fighting back against oppression means a leader puts him or herself at risk. It also means that families of these leaders suffer as “examples” to discourage other leaders. According to the Human Rights Watch, China is cracking down on the families of protesters in Tibet. The most shocking protest has been self-immolation, with protesters setting […]

Leadership Doldrums: Three “Aloha Strategies” to Prevent Burnout for Crisis Managers

Leaders who can pump up a sane adrenaline-supported response in a crisis are reassuring to followers. Most of us turn into deer-in-headlights — we can’t help it! So one of the qualities that distinguishes an effective leader from his or her followers is this ability to step up with confidence and energy when others freeze. […]

Humility and Leadership: strength with aloha

Humility is a quality we generally think we should cultivate in ourselves, and value personally in leaders. But it can be more. Forbes praises humble leadership:  “A humble leader is secure enough to recognize his or her weaknesses and to seek the input and talents of others. They don’t trade on hubris (arrogance/pride), nor are they guilty […]

Is it Leadership or Just Regular Crazy?

What would we do without Scott Adams to bring us down to earth about the ways we, as part of organizations and in the greater cultural vortex of human advancement, (mis)manage our development!? I admit it, Iʻm an idealist, with my theories and practices of sustainable leadership, community-centered aloha leadership, and the most challenging of […]