Tag Archives: Malala

Update: Violence in Myanmar, and Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence

My last blog asked leadership questions about the role of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s apparent complicity with the military regime she fought against. Here are resources to help understand the unfolding situation there, and the attempts to get to the truth about what is happening in Myanmar. Other members of the international […]

Happy Birthday #Malala! We will not accept a world where decisions about our future are made in rooms girls cannot enter.

What does a Nobel Laureate do for her 19th birthday? Visit a refugee camp, of course… Here is an excerpt from her speech, a call for leadership from girls, and a celebration of that leadership role: “Yes, all girls—girls here in this camp and girls who return home. Girls who fear violence in their classroom […]

Democracy not Bombs: Meet the progressive Muslim women and girls who show us what courage is. They are the true face of Islam and the fight against political “religious” extremists.”

Meet the Progressive Muslim Activists fighting for Justice and Standing Up to Politicized Extremists: Pushing Conservative Oppression Off the Stage In the face of oppression, the arts are only one way of standing up against extremism in the name of God.   Women are stepping into battle against ISIS/Daesh, putting their lives on the line […]

Carine McCandless and #IntotheWild: Challenging the Ungrounded Zombie Leadership Celebrity of her Brother’s Legacy

Sometimes leadership can be simply setting the record straight, challenging the myths that oversimplify the story of a leader or celebrity. Chris McCandless was neither a hero nor a fool; he was a troubled young man trying to find peace and live his principles. But we have turned him into an icon. Correcting that myth […]

Update: Malala Yousafzai: Her Attackers Tried and Sentenced

Justice, Finally? At the end of last month, ten people were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2012 attack on Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai, a judge announced Thursday. Pakistani antiterrorism judge Mohammad Amin Kundi said they could be eligible for release in 25 years. It is ironic that the […]

My Essay about Malala Yousafzai appears in new book, Women and Global Leadership!

Malala Yousafzai: The Paradox and Power of Global Celebrity I’m proud to announce that my article appeared last month in Information Age Publishing’s new collection of essays about women and global leadership! This collection includes essays by many respected leadership specialists, including Barbara Kellerman, Susan Madsen, and Nancy Adler, and was published under the umbrella […]

Malala Yousafzai: “When a Girl Is Not Aware of Her Rights, She Loses Her Identity”

Sometimes, leadership is speaking truth about the importance of being counted, especially when you represent millions of girls who lack fundamental rights. Here are MalalaYousafzai’s inspiring words, from an interview in the Guardian, Children’s section. “How important do you feel it is that young people are allowed to follow their own paths and make their […]

Creative Follower, Co-Leader, Ziauddin Yousafzai: “I am known by my daughter and proud of it”

“Malala used to be known as my daughter, but now I’m known as her father,” Ziaddin Yousafzai said to the crowd on Monday. “In patriarchal societies, fathers are known by their sons. I am known by my daughter and proud of it.” (from Eleanor Goldberg’s coverage of Yousafzai’s Ted2014 Talk on the Huffington Post. Read […]

Can I just talk about Malala for a second

Love this shameless celebration of Malala Yousafzai’s vision, charisma and persistence. She has ignited a world of women and girls, and probably men, who respect her and want to say, I am Malala. Love this honest praise of what is a combination of charisma and vision: “I don’t know. I just love her energy. Her […]

Zen Pencils: Art on Leadership, Risk and Joy

Today, I want to shout out to Zen Pencils, aka Gavin Aung Than. Than is a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years he quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencils at […]