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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 […]

Questioning Leadership: How to Get the Answers You Need in a Crisis

When I argued that the “A” in leadership is asking questions, I emphasized the importance of courage and curiosity. Asking questions means getting nuanced and relevant information from colleagues and followers in order to lead effectively. It’s particularly important in a crisis. But there’s a bigger challenge embedded in this not-so-small strategy — how do […]

Update: Pussy Riot Activists Denied Parole — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s Speech at the July Hearing

Pussy Riot, the punk anti-Putin, pro-democracy activist band, still has two members in “re-education” facilities, on the charge of hooliganism, after a protest in Christ the Savior Cathedral in February, 2012. (Watch the protest on YouTube). They have been denied parole. (For an interview with the three members who remain in hiding, click here.) I’ve […]

Training Phobia: How Shortsighted Managers Let their Fears Limit Innovation

Ironically, some leadership trainings can produce bad management. If a leader learns that his authentic values are the core of good vision for the company, and doesn’t examine his values or have the courage to challenge himself, the result just might be this Dilbert cartoon! Arguably, bad leadership and bad management go hand in hand, […]

The D in Leadership for Times of Change: Don’t Panic!

Leaders facing a crisis have to muster all their best qualities and skills, but the most important element of sustainable leadership is creating sustainable relationships. According to my practical lexicon, that includes (follow the links to find out more…)  LISTENING, ENGAGING FULLY, and ASKING QUESTIONS. But no matter what leaders do in the face of […]