Tag Archives: culture

The Anti-Hero Syndrome: Leadership Lessons from Dexter

It’s unconscious but undeniable: what we feed our heads feeds our lives and our leadership values. The more conscious we are about it, the better off we are. It’s a good question to ask ourselves as leaders, and a great way to open up ideas in leadership training. Identifying which fictional world is feeding our […]

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, […]

Antidote to the Bathsheba Syndrome: Nathan as Spiritual Leader

Soldier and businessman David Petraeus has become the poster-dude for the David Syndrome (also known as the Bathsheba Syndrome, in popular parlance.) Now, thanks to CDR Stallard and Major Sanger, in the Marine Corps Gazette,  we have a spiritual view of the antidote, the Nathan Solution. The Nathan Solution hearkens back to the Bible story […]

Leadership Challenge #1: Creating “WE” not “ME” solutions

According to Leadership Freak, there are “7 Ways to Powerfully Lead Through Problems.” They’re listed below, so that you can pay particular attention to #2: Create a “We,” in the context of his list. Be transparent. Everyone knows profits are down. They’re waiting for you to name it. Create a “we.” Talk with people at […]

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) […]

Corporations Leading from the Right Side of History: “If we didn’t do it, who would?”

Jena McGregor, a columnist for the Washington Post’s On Leadership blog, made some interesting observations this week about the controversy in Arizona and the ways corporate leaders all over the country are weighing in to the gay rights debate, the latest installment in America’s culture wars. She wrote: “Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto Wednesday of Arizona’s controversial SB1062, […]

Is Culture Really a Reflection of the Leadership Team?

Originally posted on Examining Leadership:
Frank Wander, in Culture: The Leadership Mirror, articulates a hypothesis regarding why “transformative culture initiatives” often fail in organizations. Wander suggests, correctly, that meaningful culture change occurs only through behavior, not words. While any executive, team manager, or front-line supervisor can give lip service to a laundry list of values,…

Guest Post by Sean Conrad: Great Leaders Have the Power to Cultivate a Culture of Accountability

I love the idea of a culture of accountability, described here as “the consistency with which your actions and results match your commitments.” I wonder, though, about the assumption embedded here, seen at the end of the blog, “At the end of the day, you as a leader have the power.” That may be true […]

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 Giving Leader: Is Generosity Naive or Necessary?

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank The famous diarist Anne Frank, whose short, enthusiastic life was cut short in a Nazi concentration camp, became a role model after her death. But now, school children read her diary as a way to grasp the human story behind the Holocaust. This quote crossed […]