Tag Archives: presence

A Conversation with an Angry Leader

I wonder what the leader he was talking with said about the idea of domestication, and the role of leaders? Sometimes I think it’s the lack of a bridge between the stories we’re living and the choices we’re making that causes the most frustration. We want people to care, and we topple when we don’t […]

Democratic Afghan Activist Malalai Joya: the Power of a Woman’s Voice

Malalai Joya (a pseudonym to protect her family from Taliban backlash) has been fighting both Taliban rule and US occupation for more than a decade. She was the youngest female MP (from 2005-2007) and continues to speak out for democracy, most recently at the First Middle East Women’s Conference in Turkey, organized by by DÖKH, […]

Day 38 Malala Yousafzai – Books and Pens are our most powerful weapons (12 July 2013)

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
Malala Yousafzai (born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog…

Update: Malala Yousafzai will give NY address on Malala Day

Yousafzai’s  first public address will be given on Malala Day – her 16th birthday – on July 12 in New York. According to the Nation, “UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown announced on Friday that Malala is determined to continue campaigning for girls’ education and will speak to a specially convened meeting of […]

Improving Your Leadership ROI

I liked the celebration of authentic presence here, of making a difference — fighting by taking the risk of being visible and personable and connecting one-on-one. The human impact of leadership is common sense, and achieving a personal impact is often outside our comfort zones. Good practical advice for a leader, at whatever level, in […]

Leadership Stories: Gabby Douglas as Role Model and Celebrity

Hereʻs an interesting interview with Gabby Douglas about her experience with bullying. It may be that one of the best ways she can be present as a leader is to share her story about how she developed the discipline to accomplish so much with her gifts. Leading by example. Sheʻll be visible enough to do […]

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 […]

Authentic Leadership as Listening

I wrote earlier about the perspective that “leaders donʻt matter,” that for most mainstream leadership positions there are a set of leaders ready to fill a slot, with skills, qualities, values and experience to function perfectly well in the role.  Itʻs a radical idea in a culture that generally imagines a leader to be a […]