Tag Archives: martyr

October Hauntings: The Ghost of Chris McAndless, the anti/hero who never got a chance to be a leader

His bus is like Christine, Steven King’s living car, except that instead of being demonically possessed, it’s become a pilgrimage where young, dispossessed hikers go to work out their inner demons.

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 […]

When Leaders Fail: Is There a Point of No Return?

Sometimes I think American ideas about leadership are relentlessly optimistic. We believe that authenticity guarantees meaningful success, and we tell the story that visionary leaders are heroes who muster the stamina to fail and rise again, better than they were. We celebrate creative followers for taking risks that make the world better. But we rarely […]