Tag Archives: ordinary

A Call for Optimistic Leadership

OVERCOMING THE STEREOTYPES THAT KEEP US FROM OPTIMISTIC LEADERSHIP Why do we need optimistic leadership? In a dark time, a time of crisis (and are there any other kinds of times?), visionary leadership is rooted in optimism. If we do not have hope that change is possible, we cannot make the necessary changes or create […]

#Leadership Greatness: We all want it, but is it really all that!?

Michael Blumenthal says it all in this poem that busts the myth mystique and celebrates real leadership!

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 […]

The Dangers of Being Extraordinary: Matt Reed on Transformational Leadership

This Inside Higher Ed blogger offers a self-limiting take on visionary leadership. Matt Reed, Community College Dean and Cultural Studies scholar, argues that “superstars come and go…. On the rare occasions when a superstar is genuine, the main issue is succession: what happens when the superstar moves on?” He seems to believe that charisma is […]

“Leaders Donʻt Matter”

Thatʻs according to Gautam Mukundaʻs intriguing Harvard Business Review blog. He adds the codicil “most of the time” to his title. He argues that external constraints, internal constraints, and leader selection systems create a pool of leaders who are similar, and therefore, largely replaceable, in todayʻs corporate culture. Interesting… He riffs on popular leadership theories […]