Tag Archives: crisis

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 […]

Update: Violence in Myanmar, and Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence

My last blog asked leadership questions about the role of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s apparent complicity with the military regime she fought against. Here are resources to help understand the unfolding situation there, and the attempts to get to the truth about what is happening in Myanmar. Other members of the international […]

#PrayforTurkey, Pray for All of Us: A #leadership test for the world’s wanna-be leaders

In a recent post about Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s response to the bombings in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday, Rachel Maddow notes that “crises are leadership tests.” His response is clear but simplistic. She quotes him as saying, “This looks like a problem torture can solve.” Yet, she reminds us, his leadership solution (in his words, […]

Transformational #Trump: The Contradictions Behind the Mask

Taking Donald Trump seriously means looking behind the mask to the contradictions that make him both entertaining and dangerous as a leader. According to the Economist, “Mr Trump’s secret sauce has two spices. First, he has a genius for self-promotion, unmoored from reality (“I play to people’s fantasies. I call it truthful hyperbole,” he once […]

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 […]

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 […]

Relationship tips for entrepreneurial leaders

An article in Entrepreneur Magazine argues that effective leaders always make relationships a priority.    “You tend to achieve your top priorities. So even though it may be hard to admit your need other people, you’ve got to make them a priority.” Their advice: BE REAL. BE A GIVER. BE APPRECIATIVE. Great leaders know this, […]

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 […]

Language and #Leadership: How We #Fool Ourselves into Righteous Inaction

It’s hard to tell the truth. When we try, we get trapped by the lies we’ve been taught to tell and the politics we hide behind tell because it seems easier. Leaders have to stand in the center of our souls, tell the truth, and stop hiding behind euphemisms (words that make ugly things pretty) […]

Rob Ford and Leaders Gone Wild: the Bathsheba Syndrome or a Crisis of Authenticity?

Yesterday, I wrote about the general mayhem of Rob Ford’s public life and the leadership crisis in Toronto, Canada. Ford has now been stripped of his executive powers, and his staff and office budget have been reduced to a shell. According to Bloomberg Business Week, “Although he may be the most ridiculed politician in the […]