Tag Archives: cultural

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 Flow Project: What Art Offers Leadership

At the International Leadership Association Conference last weekend, I encountered Skye Burns and Doug Banner, founders of the Flow Project, and was reminded of the potentially remarkable work they’re doing to expand the role of artists as leaders and leaders as artists.  Their mission is to apply the principles and practices of art in resolving […]

Shakti Vahini’s Activist Leadership: Diversity, Alliances and Social Change

Often we believe that the best leaders to right a wrong are those who have suffered the oppression. But world-changing leadership needs to come from allies as well as those who suffer, or activism cannot succeed in changing a damaged culture. Whatever the cause, whatever the oppression, alliances must be made between leaders from privileged […]

Learning from the Land: Integrative Leadership

Great leadership is about relationships — not just with people, but with the land itself. I’ve just returned from a visit to Hawaii, one of the few places I’ve visited where the land itself is a strong leader.  Even most non-native Hawaiians recognize the power of the land, and talk about “malama aina” — respecting […]

“Comedy is the Soft Spot of All Dictators”

I just watched “The Red Chapel,” a documentary about two intentionally bad Korean-Danish comedians coming to perform in North Korea, and this is the opening salvo by the creator: “Comedy is the soft spot of all dictators.” Then the film proceeds with an exploration of the paradoxes of performing comedy/satire within a dictatorship, complete with […]

“Leaders Donʻt Matter”

Thatʻs according to Gautam Mukundaʻs intriguing Harvard Business Review blog. He adds the codicil “most of the time” to his title. He argues that external constraints, internal constraints, and leader selection systems create a pool of leaders who are similar, and therefore, largely replaceable, in todayʻs corporate culture. Interesting… He riffs on popular leadership theories […]