Tag Archives: Democrat

CLIMATE CHANGE FEATURE: Arizona, Texas Mayors Step Up to Ease Global Warming

ABC News reports  a small but important step for political leaders fighting climate change: Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and Phoenix Mayor  Greg Stanton mayors are stepping up as leaders supporting real efforts to minimize the devastating effects of climate change. It’s a healthy sign, given the political vacuum created in Arizona […]

Leading US Astray: Gov Shutdown Models Three Reasons Creating a Crisis isn’t Leadership

The government is officially, if temporarily, rebooted. Federal workers are back on the Beltway on excruciating commutes and sighs of relief. The cavernous halls of monumental Washington buildings echo with harried footsteps. Now that the Republican-induced crisis is over, everyone’s talking about leadership — what can we do to prevent this from happening again!?  Well, […]

Contentious US Republicans/Democrats Honor Peacemaker Nelson Mandela

John Boehner, Speaker of the House, said about Nelson Mandela last week: ““Scarcely a week or day goes by without us pointing to Mandela as an example. An example of standing on principle, of loving your neighbour, and of extending the reach of freedom. All these ideals we cherish, and he has lived the closest […]

Gay Marriage, For and Against: Leaders in Crisis

The gay marriage debate is heating up with the Supreme Court considerations, and leaders are stepping up, battening the hatches and treading water in an effort to understand this transformational moment. Whatever the result of the deliberations, we’re witnessing a major challenge to politicians and activists reacting to the public discussion. (If you want to […]

Leading Trends: Tracking Changes in Values and Culture

Change may be inevitable, but following the leading edge of transformation often means being surprised and challenged. Here is one surprise in recent news, with a quick assessment of implications for leadership. 1. Social attitudes shift, and leadership shifts with them: according to a recent Washington Post, over the past year there has been “record […]

Leadership and the Sequester: Who is to Blame?

We can’t help but measure leadership by results. The sequester cuts are a sign of poor leadership — but whose? (By the way, if you need a primer on the sequester, here’s a great FAQ guide from the Washington Post.) It’s not a pretty picture. The USA is in crisis — we can’t seem to […]

The Google Authenticities of Barack Obama

Authenticity, whether hopeful buzzword or sincere leadership quality, is one of the measures weʻre taking of our two presidential candidates. Hereʻs my first scan of authenticity and Obama. (Iʻll write more about this, and about Romney, as the campaign continues.) Because Romneyʻs been challenged on his authenticity since he entered the campaign, whenever he has […]