Tag Archives: Gabby Douglas

Athlete Role Models are Human, too: “I am no god that can see everything and do everything right.” (Jan Ullrich)

Jan Ullrich, the German cyclist who refused to move up from 2nd to 1st place winner when Lance Armstrongʻs titles were rescinded, has recently admitted that he, also, received performance enhancing treatments. His argument for his decision, which he admits was wrong by the rules of the sport, was that instead of offering him an […]

Leading from her Strengths: Gabby Douglas Back in Training

This news is important because it demonstrates that LEADERS SHOULD DO WHAT WE DO BEST. And Gabrielle Douglas is a superb athlete, not just a newly fledged celebrity and role model. Leadership is measured not only by the ways we perform ourselves as public figures, but also by the fact of our commitment to excellence. […]

Update: Gabby Douglas Flips for McDonalds in a semi-Viral ZZZZZZZZ

So, I just watched the beginning of Gabrielle Douglas ad campaign for McDonalds, a video of her going “undercover,” ordering a “healthy” sandwich, taking a bite in Times Square, stripping down to her olympic suit, and doing flips for tourists. Here’s the consensus from that populist site: 387,570 hits after 3 weeks 774 likes     […]

Christian vs. Gay: What Kind of Heroic Leaders are We Looking For?

Great athletes are the center of our cultural attention — and that makes them sports heroes. Here are some interesting takes on Jason Collins and heroism after he came out as gay last week. This cartoonist thinks it’s inappropriate to reward him, when others’ courage has not been rewarded the same way…. But in a […]

Jason Collins: the Risks and Benefits of Authenticity and Coming Out

In the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, NBA center Jason Collins wrote: “I’m a 34-year old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay….I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, so I’m […]

Update: Gabby Douglas, MacDonalds and Fast Food Leadership

According to Advertising Age, Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas will be replacing Ronald McDonald for a bit, promoting the new egg white “delight” at restaurants and events. It all started, apparently, when the 16 year old said she “splurged” on egg mcmuffins to celebrate her Olympic win. It’s a clear effort for MacDonalds to boost its market […]

Gabby Douglas: Sports Celebrity Leader or Smart Capitalist?

Or both? You be the judge…. According to her website, here’s the update on Douglas’ accomplishments since her Olympic wins. 1. She’s published a book, written with Michelle Buford.  In it she writes: “For now, here’s what you need to know: Exactly 210 days before I ever attempted my first vault in the London Summer […]

Lance Armstrong: A Fragile Pedestal for Athlete Leaders

Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, a larger than life heroic leader, has been pushed off his pedestal this week. Because of the doping scandal, Armstrong’s name is likely to be expunged from the results of the New York City and Boston marathons, in addition to the Tour de France. Armstrong, who no longer describes himself […]

Leadership Stories: Gabby Douglas as Role Model and Celebrity

Hereʻs an interesting interview with Gabby Douglas about her experience with bullying. It may be that one of the best ways she can be present as a leader is to share her story about how she developed the discipline to accomplish so much with her gifts. Leading by example. Sheʻll be visible enough to do […]

The Worldʻs 100 Most Powerful Women (according to Forbes)

“For nine years FORBES has ranked the 100 most powerful women in the world. These are the women who adhere to the traditional classifications of power (political and economic might) and those who have risen to the top of the social and cultural landscape. It is our annual snapshot of women who impact the world.” […]