Tag Archives: paradox

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 […]

Sink or swim? Great leadership and organizational healing

I just finished watching, The Secret Language of Words, a film about surviving violence, finding love and the fine balance between healing wounds and living with the aftermath of trauma that can never be forgotten. It’s not much of a leap to one of the biggest challenges for leaders, rebuilding an organization after a traumatic […]

What Makes Leaders Matter More

Here’s a leadership paradox if I ever read one — what matters more, what we do or who we are? In leadership theory, it’s expressed in the classic management vs. leadership split, a false distinction but a long standing one. You can’t really deny the truth of his practical advice — “Leaders don’t matter until […]

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 […]

David Reimer, CEO Merrick and Co: Values and Leadership Excellence

In a recent NY Times interview with CEO David Reimer, Adam Bryant asked some fascinating questions about leading through crisis, and how to identify leaders who can bring companies through hard times. Reimer’s answers always came down to leadership values and the ways they become healthy relationships with employees and build sustainable solutions to problems. […]

Walt Whitman on Election Day: The Power of the Vote!

Hereʻs insight into the importance of by Americaʻs maverick genius visionary leader, the poet Walt Whitman. Election Day, November, 1884 If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show, ‘Twould not be you, Niagara–nor you, ye limitless prairies–nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado, Nor you, Yosemite–nor Yellowstone, with all […]

A Different Take on Romneyʻs Authenticity: Family History, Family Values

Washington Post writer E.J. Dionne is being much quoted in the blogosphere for his comments last week, comparing Mitt Romneyʻs values with his fatherʻs. Itʻs an interesting way to look at authenticity in a presidential race — how Romneyʻs not  living his fatherʻs legacy. “TAMPA, Fla.: In 1964, George Romney, then the governor of Michigan, walked out of […]