Tag Archives: fear

Is Donald Trump a Charismatic Leader? Focusing on himself, & bypassing facts with emotional appeals are the key, says The Atlantic.

Leadership thinkers have been puzzling over how to describe President Trump’s style. Sara E. Gorman, a public-health expert, and her father, Jack M. Gorman, a psychiatrist and CEO of Franklin Behavioral Health Consultants, explore his charismatic leadership style in this interview in the Atlantic in October, 2016, just before the election. “Persuaders might want to reduce […]

Leading from Within: History Calls Us Today to Live the Best Story for Ourselves and Our Nation

The votes are in and counted. Now it’s up to us, as citizens who have a stake in the results, to be the leaders and followers we are called to be. And that means knowing who we are and what we want, so we can build the bridges we need to be the nation and […]

#HBR: The Authenticity Paradox in Leadership

Should you be transparent about your feelings and challenges? Should you be cautious, and strategic in your leadership persona? Such a paradox, in a world that claims to love authentic leadership! Authenticity is a double-edged sword, building trust and breaking it down, depending on how we perform our true selves. According to Hermania Ibarra, in […]

Nothing to Fear — Not Even Fear Itself!

There’s a lot said about the power and importance of fear, but it remains one of those emotions that we imagine leaders should avoid, a sign of weakness and hesitation. So macho, our leadership myths here in the US! But is fear really our enemy? Chris Cancialosi reminds us, in Forbes Magazine blog, that fearless […]

Want to be a horrible leader? Do ANY of these 50 no-nos!

Todd Nielsen has come up with “50 Bad Leadership Examples” that are well worth reading, either as cautionary behaviors or inspiration to horrific heights. Wanna be a Voldemort or a Hero? The choice is yours. Here they are; I’ve highlighted the ones I see most often in politics and organizations. Belittling and condescending communication to […]

Entertaining Apocalypse: Bad Leadership at its Most Earnestly Tragically Horrible

Let me be the first to say that I agree — we’re in trouble. Just today, on a ride to the post office to get my mail, my friend and I discussed rising sea levels, the seemingly inevitable gradual destruction of croplands with climate change, failures in medicare treatment procedures, and the challenges to running […]

Becoming The Leaders the World Needs: Dare to be Different

People do a lot of foolish things, and we know that because, in retrospect, we can see exactly how dumb we were! Take the hopeful, clueless love of science and propaganda that justified atomic bomb test viewing parties in Las Vegas — a real tourist draw! Mother and child watching bomb test (look at the […]

The Wrong Side of Politically Correct: Wrong Phrase, Right Idea

Karin Hurt wrote an interesting, if slightly disturbing blog recently on Smart Blog:”The Wrong Side of Politically Correct.” She argues that smart leaders “create a culture where “politically correct” and correct are as closely aligned as possible,” which makes good sense, if we remember what the term “politically correct” used to mean before it was […]

Margaret Wheatley: What’s so bad about fear?

In her article, “Eight Fearless Questions, ” (Edge Magazine, 2013), Margaret Wheatley models some remarkable questions. Even more remarkable, she doesn’t answer them — she invites us to hang out in the question long enough for it to offer up  surprises and insights. This was my favorite one in the list. What’s so bad about […]

Dealing with Fear of Failure: Let’s Resolve to Be Gentle with Ourselves

In her blog, leadership coach Lolly Daskai asks, “What would happen if we didn’t run [from fear]?” She proposes we expose it, face it, dissect it, and lean into it — kind of a no pain, no gain approach.  (Read her whole blog post here….) She concludes: “When fear stops scaring us it will not […]