Tag Archives: change

Michael Cohen’s Awkward Turnaround: Can Bad Leaders Change Their Ways?

Rep. Paul Gosar (R Arizona) accused Michael Cohen of selfishness and untrustworthiness, noting that he doesn’t deserve to be believed in his current testimony because, after all, “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire,” (quoting the sign behind his chair).  Granted, this childish poke at Cohen is more a silly twitter meme to entertain people uninterested in […]

Leading from Within: History Calls Us Today to Live the Best Story for Ourselves and Our Nation

The votes are in and counted. Now it’s up to us, as citizens who have a stake in the results, to be the leaders and followers we are called to be. And that means knowing who we are and what we want, so we can build the bridges we need to be the nation and […]

#BlackLivesMatter Founders Celebrated by #Forbes

Forbes celebrates the three women who founded the Black Lives Matter movement as great leaders this week. “Modern social movements often fizzle after their moment in the national news (Occupy Wall Street and to a lesser extent the Tea Party come to mind). But Black Lives Matter has steadily gained momentum since its founding in […]

So you want to be an #authentic leader? Know your own story, and live it flexibly!!

So many of us talk about being authentic, as if it is the most important quality of a leader. But what does it mean to be authentic in the challenging roles and relationships we have to navigate as leaders? This short video answers that question by showing you how to master your leadership story, and […]

Why lead? #HBR asks the $20,000 #leadership question

One of the most telling questions you can ask someone in any kind of leadership role is what motivates them to be a better leader. The Harvard Business Review wants us to ask the hard questions so we can find real answers to make our leadership better. Motivation is everything. “Those with internal, intrinsic motives […]

Massachusetts Teens Leading the Call to Action on Climate Change

COALITIONS AND PERSISTENCE MAKE THE LEADERSHIP DIFFERENCE! As reported by Ecowatch, in January of 2106, with a decision publicized this week, The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found in favor of four youth plaintiffs, the Conservation Law Foundation and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance Tuesday in the critical climate change case, Kain et al. v. Massachusetts Department of […]

Just Do It: How to be a great teacher leader without wearing yourself out!

Julie Hiltz in Education Week this month has some sage advice for teachers (and anyone else in an organization) who have a great idea — don’t ask permission — just do it! To be fair, her article doesn’t argue that teacher leaders should go against  organizational policies — but she does say “build your own […]

Authentic Relationships make the Authentic Leader!

Petra Kuenkel gets it right here: “Building resonance becomes the cornerstone of our ability to influence people and events. How would our journey be different if we have always led through creating relationships, enhancing authenticity in people, listening for what wants to emerge, listening to people, looking for common ground, being open, engaging, creating shared […]

Transparency and Leader Vulnerability: Worth the Risk?

“Thank you for your transparency!” These words came at the end of a presentation I gave where I shared a new strategy—a strategy that would require change, including new roles and some sacrifice, from everyone. I wasn’t sure how everyone would respond but I knew I would have my best chance of successfully leading the […] […]

A Call for Optimistic Leadership

OVERCOMING THE STEREOTYPES THAT KEEP US FROM OPTIMISTIC LEADERSHIP Why do we need optimistic leadership? In a dark time, a time of crisis (and are there any other kinds of times?), visionary leadership is rooted in optimism. If we do not have hope that change is possible, we cannot make the necessary changes or create […]