Tag Archives: Martin Luther King

Congressman John Lewis: Civil Rights Leader Models Peaceful Resistance

There’s good news if we look for it, in leaders who take the best of our history and stand up (or sit down to strike for) healthy change. Today, I want to remind us to Here’s Congressman John Lewis leading a sit-down strike with fellow democrats, a gesture that turned out, as these peaceful gestures […]

Leadership So Far: Three Things I Know for Sure

There are so many questions about leadership, so many stories! And I’m as bad/good as everyone else, as smart/dumb about buying into mythologies and processes that succeed/fail. Leadership is a great unknown, a dream of a common language of aspiration, of hope, of transformation. I was thinking this morning — what do I really know¬†about […]

Martin Luther King’s Emotional Intelligence: Spiritual Leadership and “Emotional Regulation Strategy”

Psychologist/educators Diana Divecha and Robin Stern analyzed Martin Luther King’s emotional intelligence this week in the Huffington Post, Black Voices section. Looking at his “I Have a Dream” speech, they analyzed the ways he evoked strong emotions, named powerful emotional experiences, integrated values and emotional insights and motivated listeners with positive emotional reframing. Most interesting […]

Malala Yousafzai inspires girls everywhere: “Although I only have one voice, I can make it a strong one.”

Today’s blog is about a new leader being born, inspired by role model, Malala Yousafzai. Rachel Peters is the fifth grade’s first-place winner in the 2014 Art Raab Memorial Essay Competition. Peters attends Larson Elementary, where her teacher is Mrs. Shlader. Students wrote on the theme: “Take a world event and talk about how Dr. […]

Visionary Pragmatism: How to Survive Your Success

One of my least favorite sayings is, “No good deed goes unpunished.” But there’s some truth in it, especially when it comes to visionary leadership. Some leaders — MLK, for example, or Joan of Arc, as in this cartoon — get punished by a resistant culture for their success, for the gift they’ve brought through […]

The Interrupters: Inspiring Leadership in the Streets

The spirit of leadership shows best when individuals put themselves on the line for the good of community. I write about this heartfelt, courageous form of leadership as aloha leadership, a committed, holistic practice of leadership that works with core values of integrity, self-knowledge, and respect for relationships. Certainly, the Interrupters are a living example […]

Shakti Vahini’s Activist Leadership: Diversity, Alliances and Social Change

Often we believe that the best leaders to right a wrong are those who have suffered the oppression. But world-changing leadership needs to come from allies as well as those who suffer, or activism cannot succeed in changing a damaged culture. Whatever the cause, whatever the oppression, alliances must be made between leaders from privileged […]

Who Does Obama Stand With? Projected Leadership Legacies

Cartoons can show us what we’re projecting onto our leaders. Our projections are as important as a politician’s promises. We judge our leaders by our hopes and fears, and we project them onto their actions. In many ways, citizens are the ones who stand with Obama — or any politician. This Mike Luckovich cartoon shows […]

Obama’s Re-Election: Leading a Divided Nation

Now is the time for authentic leadership. The great irony of our current situation is that we are facing both a cliff and a standoff. Obama has won the election, through the system of the electoral college, despite the equally divided popular election. The states prevailed, ironically, over the candidate whose party argues for increased […]

Aloha Leadership: from the top of the mountain…

From the summit of Mauna Kea, the sky becomes the landscape. The mountain once was the limit of our human imagination, crowned by stars. Now it is the ground from which we leap into the unknown, with aloha and a sense of adventure. Leadership is a visionary act that transforms the landscape of a community. […]