Tag Archives: Athletic Leadership

It’s a Man’s World: the Bathsheba Syndrome, Moral Leadership and Cultural Differences

Over Christmas I was talking with my niece and nephew about the Bathsheba Syndrome, the story of King David and Queen Bathsheba in the Bible, and the implications of moral misconduct for leadership and morality. (Yes, I do have a remarkable family, and am grateful every day!) They asked if it was a syndrome mostly […]

The Serving Leader: Leadership Practices that Connect Managers with their Teams

Here’s an interesting take on servant leadership — more accurately, servant management. According to Roy Osing, leadership columnist at the Globe and Mail, Managing by Wandering Around (MBWA) needs to be replaced by Leadership by Serving Around (LBSA). Cute acronyms — important point. In the struggle to make managers into leaders, not just people and […]

Ode to Joy: Peter Bregman on Rafael Nadal, and the Courage to Feel

Yesterday, Peter Bregman made an impassioned call for emotional freedom in his Harvard Business Review essay, “Nadal is Strong Enough to Cry: Are You?” And what a day to do it, the 12th anniversary of September 11 when our emotions and memories might well be as strong as Nadal’s sobbing joy at winning the US Open […]

Athlete Role Models are Human, too: “I am no god that can see everything and do everything right.” (Jan Ullrich)

Jan Ullrich, the German cyclist who refused to move up from 2nd to 1st place winner when Lance Armstrongʻs titles were rescinded, has recently admitted that he, also, received performance enhancing treatments. His argument for his decision, which he admits was wrong by the rules of the sport, was that instead of offering him an […]

Leading from her Strengths: Gabby Douglas Back in Training

This news is important because it demonstrates that LEADERS SHOULD DO WHAT WE DO BEST. And Gabrielle Douglas is a superb athlete, not just a newly fledged celebrity and role model. Leadership is measured not only by the ways we perform ourselves as public figures, but also by the fact of our commitment to excellence. […]

Update: Malala Yousafzai will give NY address on Malala Day

Yousafzai’s  first public address will be given on Malala Day – her 16th birthday – on July 12 in New York. According to the Nation, “UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown announced on Friday that Malala is determined to continue campaigning for girls’ education and will speak to a specially convened meeting of […]

Update: Gabby Douglas Flips for McDonalds in a semi-Viral ZZZZZZZZ

So, I just watched the beginning of Gabrielle Douglas ad campaign for McDonalds, a video of her going “undercover,” ordering a “healthy” sandwich, taking a bite in Times Square, stripping down to her olympic suit, and doing flips for tourists. Here’s the consensus from that populist site: 387,570 hits after 3 weeks 774 likes     […]

Christian vs. Gay: What Kind of Heroic Leaders are We Looking For?

Great athletes are the center of our cultural attention — and that makes them sports heroes. Here are some interesting takes on Jason Collins and heroism after he came out as gay last week. This cartoonist thinks it’s inappropriate to reward him, when others’ courage has not been rewarded the same way…. But in a […]

Jason Collins: the Risks and Benefits of Authenticity and Coming Out

In the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, NBA center Jason Collins wrote: “I’m a 34-year old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay….I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, so I’m […]

Update: Gabby Douglas, MacDonalds and Fast Food Leadership

According to Advertising Age, Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas will be replacing Ronald McDonald for a bit, promoting the new egg white “delight” at restaurants and events. It all started, apparently, when the 16 year old said she “splurged” on egg mcmuffins to celebrate her Olympic win. It’s a clear effort for MacDonalds to boost its market […]