Tag Archives: Humility

July 4: #Diversity is #AntiTerrorism

When I ask “What does it mean to be free?” everyone seems to have a different answer, because each of us has different goals, different hungers. Honoring that difference is what makes democracy work, and democracy works because we negotiate differences rather than imposing one vision on everyone. Great leaders are visionary enough to hold […]

The Lost Media “Cult” of David Petraeus, or The Emperor’s New Clothes Syndrome

Danger Room senior reporter Spencer Ackerman wrote a fascinating article about his complicity in the media hype that made General David Petraeus a hero. Without that carefully constructed pedestal, Petraeus might not have risen so high, or fallen because of a personal moral lapse. Through this lens, it’s possible that Petraeus fall came from an […]

A Re-Born Leader: The Story of the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama’s book on leadership (supplemented by tweets and talks and much thought and blogging) comes out of a life of discipline, struggle, exile and acute observation. His extraordinary life has led to grounded, practical insights about who we are and who we might become. Using the bio on his website as a guide […]

Spiritual Leadership: the Dalai Lama on Being a Good Leader

Spirituality is a human resource that fuels personal and professional success. Whatever a leader’s faith, spiritual practices offer a foundation for authenticity, inspiration and transformation. Leadership from a spiritual base, whatever the faith, establishes a foundation of consistency and integrity rooted in the values of a particular worldview. It’s a kind of authenticity that inspires […]

Leadership Doldrums: Three “Aloha Strategies” to Prevent Burnout for Crisis Managers

Leaders who can pump up a sane adrenaline-supported response in a crisis are reassuring to followers. Most of us turn into deer-in-headlights — we can’t help it! So one of the qualities that distinguishes an effective leader from his or her followers is this ability to step up with confidence and energy when others freeze. […]

Humility and Leadership: strength with aloha

Humility is a quality we generally think we should cultivate in ourselves, and value personally in leaders. But it can be more. Forbes praises humble leadership:  “A humble leader is secure enough to recognize his or her weaknesses and to seek the input and talents of others. They don’t trade on hubris (arrogance/pride), nor are they guilty […]