Tag Archives: follower

ART AND LEADERSHIP FEATURE: The Best Leadership Vision Embraces the Unpredictable

The vision that excites our followers to dance with us is not the vision of certainty. It’s a vision of expansion, imaginative possibility. Vision is a bridge from the known into the unknown, and requires curiosity not just clarity. Manager-vision promises good results; great leadership vision promises possibility. In this picture, it’s hard to tell […]

Leadership So Far: Three Things I Know for Sure

There are so many questions about leadership, so many stories! And I’m as bad/good as everyone else, as smart/dumb about buying into mythologies and processes that succeed/fail. Leadership is a great unknown, a dream of a common language of aspiration, of hope, of transformation. I was thinking this morning — what do I really know about […]

Ken Blanchard: 3 Enduring Truths about Leading Others

Congratulations, Ken Blanchard! Good advice, and what sounds like a good webinar. Lead on! Blanchard LeaderChat Celebrating his 75th birthday this month—and the 35th anniversary of the founding of his leadership development company later this year, Ken Blanchard hopes a couple of simple truths he has championed will prove enduring: —All good performance begins with clear goals. —Catch […]

Derek Sivers on The Importance of the First Follower: “You Must Be Easy to Follow.”

Metaphor: it leads us where we need to go.  Check out this million-viewed Ted Talk from Derek Silvers, if you haven’t already, analyzing creative followership by watching dancers on a recreational hillside! Here’s what he said… Here’s a transcript from Derek Siver’s Ted Talk, the transcript (and video) on his website, in case you prefer […]

An obsession with annihilation: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

Originally posted on The Stake:
*Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared at Hothouse Magazine. by Forest Lewis Cosmologist and atheist goon-squad member Lawrence Krauss has recently taken offense at Hollywood for pandering to theists as evidenced by such movies as The Son of God and Noah. According to Mr. Krauss these stories are facile and worse and shame on…

Four Steps to Developing Yourself and Others

This article offers some practical ways to develop leaders, and I really like that. Of course, practical rarely translates into easy, does it!? Understand yourself, of course — but what a process! Build Relationships — yes! and that means building skills, opening your heart and mind to diversity, and finding commonalities even with the most […]

#BlackFriday: Are We Shopping Sheep or Creative #Followers?

Last year, I wrote about the zombie followers lining up for Black Friday deals. (By the way, I was one of them!) This year, I’m on a budget and in impulse buy recovery, so I’ve decided not to shop today. (When my online “deals” came in the mail, several of them weren’t exactly what I […]

The Serving Leader: Leadership Practices that Connect Managers with their Teams

Here’s an interesting take on servant leadership — more accurately, servant management. According to Roy Osing, leadership columnist at the Globe and Mail, Managing by Wandering Around (MBWA) needs to be replaced by Leadership by Serving Around (LBSA). Cute acronyms — important point. In the struggle to make managers into leaders, not just people and […]

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, […]

When Leaders Fail: Is There a Point of No Return?

Sometimes I think American ideas about leadership are relentlessly optimistic. We believe that authenticity guarantees meaningful success, and we tell the story that visionary leaders are heroes who muster the stamina to fail and rise again, better than they were. We celebrate creative followers for taking risks that make the world better. But we rarely […]