Tag Archives: empathy

Daniel Goleman on “What Makes a Leader?” Emotional Intelligence

In a culture that values the head over the heart, the individual over the group, and the leader over the follower, there are a lot of leadership concepts that create a paradoxical feeling, an uncomfortable combination of  good old fashioned common sense and impossibility. For me, “emotional intelligence” has always been one of those. Psychologist […]

A Bow to the Leadership Goddess: the AAUW on the “Athena Doctrine”

The AAUW leadership blog offered a compelling profile of a new publication honoring an ancient story — the Athena Doctrine, a tip of the hat to women’s particular wisdom in contemporary culture and organizations. I’ve written extensively about the Bathsheba Syndrome, a warning to leaders tempted by false security and arrogance. But here, we have […]

Odo’s Shapeshifter Leadership: A Practical Metaphor Behind a SciFi Myth

My marvelous, practical visionary of a brother sent me a literal definition of shapeshifter in an email recently, reminding me that I may have glossed over some aspects of the original myth in order to make my point about flexibility and transformation.  After the definition, he noted — “I think I saw this on Star […]

Reading literary fiction may foster empathy

Originally posted on The Stake:
A recent experiment is establishing the value of reading, and reading literary fiction in particular. David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano of the New School of Social Research conducted an experiment in which distinct groups were asked to read literary fiction, popular fiction, and nonfiction. Afterwards, each group was given…

John Coleman: “Reading and writing poetry can be a valuable component of leadership development”

” For one, poetry teaches us to wrestle with and simplify complexity. Harman Industries founder Sidney Harman once told The New York Times, “I used to tell my senior staff to get me poets as managers. Poets are our original systems thinkers. They look at our most complex environments and they reduce the complexity to something […]