Tag Archives: celebrity

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.

Carine McCandless and #IntotheWild: Challenging the Ungrounded Zombie Leadership Celebrity of her Brother’s Legacy

Sometimes leadership can be simply setting the record straight, challenging the myths that oversimplify the story of a leader or celebrity. Chris McCandless was neither a hero nor a fool; he was a troubled young man trying to find peace and live his principles. But we have turned him into an icon. Correcting that myth […]

The Wild Truth: Was Chris McCandless trauma victim, hero, or just a lost seeker? Why his celebrity doesn’t teach us as much as we might think…

Much has been written about Chris McCandless’ fatal journey Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer’s biography made into a successful movie. Now Carine McCandless’ book shares the backstory she asked Krakauer to minimize, and what a difference it makes when we think of her brother’s early death! Krakauer’s story turned McCandless into a modern day luddite […]

My Essay about Malala Yousafzai appears in new book, Women and Global Leadership!

Malala Yousafzai: The Paradox and Power of Global Celebrity I’m proud to announce that my article appeared last month in Information Age Publishing’s new collection of essays about women and global leadership! This collection includes essays by many respected leadership specialists, including Barbara Kellerman, Susan Madsen, and Nancy Adler, and was published under the umbrella […]

Can I just talk about Malala for a second

Love this shameless celebration of Malala Yousafzai’s vision, charisma and persistence. She has ignited a world of women and girls, and probably men, who respect her and want to say, I am Malala. Love this honest praise of what is a combination of charisma and vision: “I don’t know. I just love her energy. Her […]

Teens Resisting the Taliban: Aitzaz Hasan and Malala Yousafzai

In the culture wars of Pakistan, standing up to the Taliban is the essence of courageous leadership, with activists risking their lives, not just economic and social status.  Malala Yousafzai has become an international leader for universal education but at great cost. Most resistance means martyrdom or exile. This week, Aitzaz Hasan sacrificed his life […]

The Petraeus Syndrome and Leadership Stories: A Rotten Rose by Any Other Name?

Many of us have wanted to change the name of the Bathsheba Syndrome to the David Syndrome — identifying the one who made the mess by his bad choices as the source of the problem. But until recently, I hadn’t realized that there are many renaming projects going on since General David Petraeus’ affair with […]