Tag Archives: performance

#HBR: The Authenticity Paradox in Leadership

Should you be transparent about your feelings and challenges? Should you be cautious, and strategic in your leadership persona? Such a paradox, in a world that claims to love authentic leadership! Authenticity is a double-edged sword, building trust and breaking it down, depending on how we perform our true selves. According to Hermania Ibarra, in […]

Rob Ford and Leaders Gone Wild: the Bathsheba Syndrome or a Crisis of Authenticity?

Yesterday, I wrote about the general mayhem of Rob Ford’s public life and the leadership crisis in Toronto, Canada. Ford has now been stripped of his executive powers, and his staff and office budget have been reduced to a shell. According to Bloomberg Business Week, “Although he may be the most ridiculed politician in the […]

The Serving Leader: Leadership Practices that Connect Managers with their Teams

Here’s an interesting take on servant leadership — more accurately, servant management. According to Roy Osing, leadership columnist at the Globe and Mail, Managing by Wandering Around (MBWA) needs to be replaced by Leadership by Serving Around (LBSA). Cute acronyms — important point. In the struggle to make managers into leaders, not just people and […]

What are the Major Concerns of US and UK CEOs?

Originally posted on The Executive's & Entrepreneur's Magazine:
Worries (Photo credit: photoloni) What are the major concerns of Chief Executive Officers around the US and UK? A recent research includes the following information: 64 percent of CEOs interviewed said they do not have full control over their company’s direction 45 percent of the CEOs…

Leading from her Strengths: Gabby Douglas Back in Training

This news is important because it demonstrates that LEADERS SHOULD DO WHAT WE DO BEST. And Gabrielle Douglas is a superb athlete, not just a newly fledged celebrity and role model. Leadership is measured not only by the ways we perform ourselves as public figures, but also by the fact of our commitment to excellence. […]

Mythic Thoughts: Wednesdayʻs Presidential Debate

Itʻs a performance of leadership, not an indicator of effective leadership. Romney seemed overexcited, jumping into the debate in a way some pundits called manly and others called rabid. (Itʻs always somewhere in-between, isnʻt it?). Obama seemed over-patient, looking down as if he were tired or as some pundits called it, passive. The moderator could […]

Leadership: Itʻs Debatable

Tonight, President Obama and Candidate Romney will publicly debate on prime-time TV. What should we look for, if weʻre looking for good leadership qualities? 1. Listen closely, and observe which debater dodges what question: according to NPR today, viewers tend to notice ONLY when the answer is really at odds with the question, because we […]

The Google Authenticities of Barack Obama

Authenticity, whether hopeful buzzword or sincere leadership quality, is one of the measures weʻre taking of our two presidential candidates. Hereʻs my first scan of authenticity and Obama. (Iʻll write more about this, and about Romney, as the campaign continues.) Because Romneyʻs been challenged on his authenticity since he entered the campaign, whenever he has […]

Authentic Leadership: Hopeful Buzzword?

In his July 2012 blog, Bill George, CEO Guru of leadership authenticity wrote: “Nine years ago today the New York Times favorably reviewed Authentic Leadership, my first book. At the time “authenticity” in leadership was not a well-established idea. Many people asked, “What is an authentic leader?” although the concept seemed self-evident to me as being genuine, real […]