Tag Archives: courage

Faith Matters: Foundations for Good Leadership

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, a foundation of faith can lead to good faith leadership practices! It’s a timely message, because we’re so often faced with politicians and other leaders who claim a faith that doesn’t “trickle down” to their actions.

Becoming The Leaders the World Needs: Dare to be Different

People do a lot of foolish things, and we know that because, in retrospect, we can see exactly how dumb we were! Take the hopeful, clueless love of science and propaganda that justified atomic bomb test viewing parties in Las Vegas — a real tourist draw! Mother and child watching bomb test (look at the […]

Whose shoulders do you stand on? Zen Pencils on Leaders in Science

Today I’ve had the blues, feeling rather small — but then Gavin Aung Than, of Zen Pencils fame, reminded me that I am standing on the shoulders of a lot of people who accomplished a great deal — and helped me be taller. Remembering that I am part of a lineage of innovators helps me […]

Discerning Leaders Choose What’s Best for Them — Even if Their Mentors Disagree

It’s happened to all of us — we go to our mentor asking for help, and get advice that just feels wrong. It’s frustrating. We want them to know us and affirm our instincts — and sometimes, we want them to protect us from our instincts! But the most important thing we need to remember […]

Questioning Leadership: How to Get the Answers You Need in a Crisis

When I argued that the “A” in leadership is asking questions, I emphasized the importance of courage and curiosity. Asking questions means getting nuanced and relevant information from colleagues and followers in order to lead effectively. It’s particularly important in a crisis. But there’s a bigger challenge embedded in this not-so-small strategy — how do […]

The Six Steps to Strong Leadership – Surrounded by Courage

In Adam Bryant’s NY Times interview with G.J. Hart, executive chairman, C.E.O. and president of California Pizza Kitchen, Hart named six steps of leadership he lives by: I call them the six steps of leadership, surrounded by courage. Courage is an interesting one because any leadership role is about stepping out and having the courage […]

Passings: Wu Dengming, Chinese Environmental Leader

“Green, green, green, was all he thought about….” Wu Dengming, the Founder of the Chongqing Green Volunteer League and one of the most effective Chinese environmental leaders, changed hearts and minds by listening to the stories of devastation, teaching those who suffered how to cope, sharing those stories of success and failure, loss and recovery. […]

Day 48 Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive (published June 2013)

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
There’s no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it’s forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so — and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next. TEDTalks

Nelson Mandela: From Revolutionary Leader to Healing Leader

Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela! 95 years old, in the hospital and still inspiring his people to celebrate, Nelson Mandela remains an inspiration all over the world for his persistence, revolutionary values, healing work in uniting his country as a strategic leader who demonstrated that radical change can happen, at a cost, but with good results. […]

Leadership “Intervention:” teachings of popular culture

It’s a familiar story: boy/girl meets drug-of-choice, boy/girl falls in love, boy/girl’s family intervenes, boy/girl goes to rehab and starts over. In the TV series, “Intervention,” this plot happens over and over again. Most of the addicts go to rehab, and many stay sober for awhile, maybe longer. The stark white postscript on the screen […]