Tag Archives: followership

Update: Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

Today, Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking government documents to WikiLeaks. He will be eligible for parole in 8 years, receiving a sentence, as his defense lawyer requested, “that allows him to have a life.” Manning explained his choice, apologized, and asked the judge for leniency before the decision, saying: […]

Whistle-blowers: leaders paying a price for ethical choices

Emily Wax, in the Washington Post today, tells the story of two whistle-blowers who had to transform their lives when they stepped up to tell unpopular truths, and had to step down from the powerful positions that made them privy to those secrets. She profiles Thomas Drake, who revealed waste and fraud at the NSA, […]

Leadership “Intervention:” teachings of popular culture

It’s a familiar story: boy/girl meets drug-of-choice, boy/girl falls in love, boy/girl’s family intervenes, boy/girl goes to rehab and starts over. In the TV series, “Intervention,” this plot happens over and over again. Most of the addicts go to rehab, and many stay sober for awhile, maybe longer. The stark white postscript on the screen […]

Learning from the Land: Integrative Leadership

Great leadership is about relationships — not just with people, but with the land itself. I’ve just returned from a visit to Hawaii, one of the few places I’ve visited where the land itself is a strong leader.  Even most non-native Hawaiians recognize the power of the land, and talk about “malama aina” — respecting […]

Black Friday, Zombie Deals and the Economic Burden on American Followership

Zombie hordes figured prominently in the 2012 US election hoo-ha. We had the general Halloween zombie cartoons about brainless followers of the wrong candidate. (Republican or Democrat, everyone was slapped with that accusation at some point!) And Joss Whedon’s brilliant celebration of Romney’s vision to create Zombie Apocalypse made “Zomney” a catch word of the […]

Bathsheba Syndrome: Leadership and Power, Lust and Sin

Carey Upton, in his blog Creating the 21st Century,  wrote a great essay about Bathsheba Syndrome, about the impact of leaders whose moral failings happen partly because of their success and power. Based on the myth of King David and Bathsheba from the Old Testament of the Bible, and other sources. Upton does a great […]

Voting Consciously: The Illusion of Hero-Leaders

Kenneth Mikkelsenʻs article, “Leaders in Search of Followership,” opens up some fascinating ideas that we need to consider in order to vote consciously, paying attention to our American need for heroes in hard times. This archetypal hunger, so deep we can hardly contain ourselves from hoping, can either serve us or defeat us. It depends […]